Committee of Adjustment – Panel Size and Structure

10th floor, West Tower, City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Attention: Nancy Martins

RE: PH4.5 Committee of Adjustment Panel Size and Structure,

Dear Chair Ana Bailão and Members, Planning and Housing Committee,

This communication is in support of staff report recommendations:

  • to increase the Committee of Adjustment (CoA) membership from 30 to 35 members, with two of the additional members assigned to the Toronto and East York (TEY) district and three to the Etobicoke York (EY) district;
  • that panel members be assigned to a district rather than a particular panel within a district.

We have no comment on the other administrative changes proposed.

As noted in the report these changes will improve customer service. However, we note that there remain numerous other CofA process related issues from Application Intake (TO Building) to Zoning Examination Review (TO Building), and Hearings Policy, Procedures and Services (City Planning) which relate to customer service, but are needed to improve the quality of decision-making. In that regard we look forward to report-backs to the resolutions adopted by City Council in June, 2018.

Respectfully submitted,

Geoff Kettel
Co-Chair, FoNTRA

Cathie Macdonald
Co-Chair, FoNTRA

cc: Gregg Lintern, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division
Michael Mizzi, Director, Committee of Adjustment and Zoning
Will Johnston, Chief Building Official