|Early photo of Glendella Hotel, Bronte, courtesy Oakville Public Library|
The Town sought to have a member of the Conservation Review Board join the OMB panel hearing the case. The power to appoint CRB members to OMB panels hearing appeals under the OHA was an innovation added to the Act with the other 2005 changes. The idea was that the OMB, which was being given a greater role in the Act’s regulatory regimes, might benefit from the contribution of a CRB member with heritage experience and expertise. And — since the OMB was viewed with suspicion by many — help lend credibility to the process and decisions. The new power to appoint was discretionary — that is, up to the OMB, but the CRB would of course have input.
Note 2: “In this balancing effort, planning recognizes the complex, though often subtle, interplay of public preference and private judgement.” (p. 6) We see the same word used two years later in the Port Dalhousie decision.
Note 3: With the 2010 Provincial Policy Statement now in effect, this guide is hopefully getting an update.