Identifying and Analyzing Natural Hazard Based Appeals At the Ontario Municipal Board
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This report examines land use planning appeals made to the Ontario Municipal Board between the years of 2006 and 2011. The report examines specific planning appeals that contain a significant natural hazard component. For the purposes of this report the term ‘natural hazard’ refers specifically to the three main natural hazards identified in the 2005 Provincial Policy Statement, including flood hazards, erosion hazards, and dynamic beach hazards. The objective of this research is to provide insight into the trends associated with OMB decisions on appeals with substantial natural hazard components. Building from the objective, the goal of this report is to provide planners involved with OMB hearings a better understanding of how the Board interprets and adjudicates appeals with significant natural hazard components, thus allowing for a better understanding of what types of arguments may find favour with the Board.