This week, we’re speaking with Isaac Tang about housing, development and other issues related to the area of planning law.
Topics: affordable housing and inclusionary zoning; Minister’s Zoning Orders; heritage planning considerations; and our Ask-Me-Anything Segment.
⚫ How will Toronto’s new inclusionary zoning policy address the affordable housing crisis? (7:32)
⚫ How might MZOs enable greater cooperation between municipalities and the provincial government? (16:54)
⚫ What are some tactical considerations when heritage issues converge with planning issues? (27:30)
⚫ Our Ask-Me-Anything segment, featuring questions submitted by patrons of the Lawyered community (37:47)
🔵 What can municipalities do to help incentivize “earlier movers”, especially in neighbourhoods with a lot of opportunities for development? (38:30)
🔵 What strategies (if any) can development lawyers employ in order to create buy-in with local residents and stakeholders? (41:16)
🔵 What is the appropriate role of the Province regarding land use planning? (43:55)
🔵 How has the municipal/planning law area changed over the last ~10 years? (47:03)
1. Inclusionary Zoning and Affordable Housing (12:05) Download
– Inclusionary Zoning Policy – City of Toronto website
– Toronto Zoning Bylaw Amendment 941-2021
2. The Rise of Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) (13:17) Download
– Bill 109, More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022
– Draft Guideline for the Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator, Mar 30, 2022
3. When Heritage and Planning Issues Converge (13:00) Download
– Toronto (City of) v. 445 Adelaide Street West Inc., 2022 ONSC 1471
– 445 Adelaide Street West Inc. v Toronto (City), 2020 CanLII 57353 (ON LPAT)
4. Ask-Me-Anything: Planning Law (16:57) Download
🔵 What can municipalities do to help incentivize “earlier movers”, especially in neighbourhoods with a lot of opportunities for development?
🔵 What strategies (if any) can development lawyers employ in order to create buy-in with local residents and stakeholders?
🔵 What is the appropriate role of the Province regarding land use planning?
🔵 Have you found that the municipal/planning law area has changed since you began practicing and, if so, how?
About the Guest:
Isaac Tang is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto. Isaac represents municipalities, public agencies and private landowners on a broad range of land-related litigation matters, including land-use planning appeals, expropriations and ground lease arbitrations.
He provides strategic planning and municipal law advice on issues including transit-oriented development, growth management and natural heritage, and regularly defends his clients’ interests before the Ontario Land Tribunal and in court. Isaac has successfully secured or opposed complex planning approvals for a range of public- and private-sector clients, including hospitals, transit authorities, school boards, pension funds, developers, businesses and individual homeowners.
Isaac is a former Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Association (Municipal Law Section) and a guest lecturer for the Community Planning course at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a frequent contributor on municipal and planning law matters and recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Municipal Law and Expropriation Law).
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