Ex-lobbyist for the development industry appointed to Ontario's land-use tribunal - 2020-02-07
The Ontario government has named a former chief lobbyist for Toronto's real estate development industry to the province's powerful land-use tribunal, while stripping it of four adjudicators with environmental backgrounds.
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly known as the Ontario Municipal Board, hears appeals over local development decisions across the province, deciding, for example, how tall condominium towers can be and whether farmland can be turned into subdivisions.
In December, the government appointed Bryan Tuckey, who served as president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) from 2012 to 2017, as a part-time LPAT adjudicator. Mr. Tuckey, also a former chief planner of York Region, was a vocal critic of elements of the previous Liberal government's anti-sprawl policies while at the helm of BILD, whose members include the largest home builders and developers in the Greater Toronto Area.