REPORT TO: Mayor R. Bonnette and Members of Council
REPORT FROM: John Linhardt, Manager of Planning Policy
DATE: July 31, 2009
REPORT NO.: PDS-2009-0084
RE: Halton Hills Official Plan Status Update – Ontario Municipal
Board Prehearing Conference
THAT Report No. PDS-2009-0084 dated July 31, 2009 regarding the results of the
second Ontario Municipal Board prehearing conference on the Halton Hills Official Plan
be received for information.
As set out in Report No. PDS-2008-0030, Maple Lodge Farms et. al. has appealed
Section D188.8.131.52 (401/407 Employment Corridor Area, General Development Policies,
Transportation) and Section F6.5 (Inter-municipal Transportation Studies) of the Halton
Hills Official Plan to the Ontario Municipal Board. Council may recall that the appeal
deals with inter-regional transportation issues, specifically a potential freeway
connection between the Highway 401/407 interchange northerly to link with the GTA
West Corridor in north Brampton/ south Caledon, and time frames for the release of
lands for development in the eastern portions of the 401 Corridor (Lots 14 and 15,
Concession 9 and 10) as well as lands on the north side of Steeles Avenue (Lots 1-7,
Concession 10 and 11). In essence, the appellants are requesting that lands not be
released for development until the Halton-Peel Boundary Area Transportation Study
(HPBATS) is completed and it is determined that development would not preclude a
future road/transit facility in this location.
An initial prehearing conference respecting this matter was held at the Civic Centre on
September 2, 2008. As set out in Report No. PDS-2008-0090, based on submissions
from the Town Solicitor it was determined at that time that there was no merit in
proceeding with the appellants’ appeal without preliminary results from HPBATS. Given
the foregoing, it was determined that a second prehearing conference would be held on
May 11 and 12, 2009. The purpose of this report is to provide Council with a summary
of the results of this most recent prehearing conference.
Aside from the Town, the Region of Halton and the appellants, legal counsel for the City
of Brampton, the Region of Peel, the Northwest Brampton Landowners Group and
Orlando Corporation were in attendance at the pre-hearing conference along with
several interested area residents/landowners that own land within the geographic area
impacted by Maple Lodge Farms’ appeal. On consent, Brampton, Peel, the Northwest
Brampton Landowners Group, Orlando Corporation and Mr. Andrew Stabins, the owner
of 8526 Tenth Line were granted party status. Several area residents/landowners were
granted participant status.
At the prehearing conference, which was completed in one day, the Town Solicitor
advised the Board that work on HPBATS was on-going and that it was being integrated
with Sustainable Halton. Based on the assumption that HPBATS and Sustainable
Halton will be complete or nearing completion by years end, the Board has set a third
prehearing conference on the appeal for January 15, 2010. The Board also anticipates
dealing with a draft procedural order and issues list at that time for purposes of moving
to a full hearing.
A copy of the Board’s decision is attached to this report as Schedule One.
RELATIONSHIP TO STRATEGIC PLAN:
The Strategic Plan sets out a broad vision for the community contained in eight strategic
directions. The Official Plan relates extensively to the following Strategic Directions:
• Foster A Healthy Community
• Preserve, Protect and Enhance our Environment
• Foster a Prosperous Economy
• Preserve, Protect and Promote our Distinctive History
• Preserve, Protect and Enhance our Countryside
• Achieve Sustainable Growth
• Provide Sustainable Infrastructure & Services
• Provide Responsive, Effective Municipal Government
The cost of Ontario Municipal Board proceedings regarding the Official Plan are being
shared between the Town and the Region of Halton on an equitable basis. The cost of a
full Ontario Municipal Board hearing in 2010 will be a function of the duration, scope and
complexity of the proceedings which are unknown at this time. This will be further
canvassed as part of the 2010 Operating Budget.
There is no immediate communications impact. A copy of this report will be posted on
the Town’s website.
There is no direct environmental impact associated with this report.
Given the nature of this report, consultation with other departments and external
agencies was not necessary.
This report has summarized the results of the May 11, 2009 Ontario Municipal Board
pre-hearing conference on the appeal to the Halton Hills Official Plan filed by Maple
Lodge Farms et. al. Recognizing that HPBATS and Sustainable Halton are anticipated
to be complete or nearing completion by the end of the year, a third pre-hearing
conference has been scheduled for January 15, 2010.
John Linhardt, M.Pl., MCIP, RPP
Manager of Planning Policy
Bruce MacLean, BA, MCIP, RPP Dennis Y. Perlin
Director of Planning, Development & Chief Administrative Officer