James McKenzie has been appointed as the New Associate Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)February 3, 2017 | News
James McKenzie has been appointed as the new Associate Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), effective February 2, 2017.
Mr. McKenzie is a skilled mediator and adjudicator and is highly respected by peers and practitioners. Mr. McKenzie was appointed to the OMB as Vice Chair in 2007, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of conflict management and alternative dispute resolution to the Board. As a Vice Chair of the OMB, Mr. McKenzie has played an important role in training Members, reviewing draft decisions and assisting with case management issues. Mr. McKenzie has also contributed to improving tribunal processes related to efficient adjudication and has enhanced tribunal processes related to the provision of mediation services.
Mr. McKenzie is a professional mediator and planner and has taught mediation, negotiation and dispute resolution in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Royal Roads University. Mr. McKenzie was formerly a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and until his appointment to the Board, was a Registered Professional Planner.
Mr. McKenzie holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.
About the OMB
The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an independent adjudicative tribunal that conducts hearings and makes decisions on matters that have been appealed to the OMB under specific provincial legislation. While the OMB has a mandate under a large number of statutes, the majority of appeals arise under the Planning Act for planning instruments, such as official plans, zoning by-laws, subdivision plans, consents and minor variances. The other major areas of appeals/applications are claims for compensation filed under the Expropriations Act, appeals related to development charges, ward boundaries and aggregate resources.
The OMB is one of the five Boards within the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO), a cluster of tribunals that resolve appeals, applications and other disputes under 100 statutes in relation to land use planning, environmental and heritage protection, property assessment, land valuation and other matters.
ELTO made up of five adjudicative tribunals:
- Assessment Review Board (ARB)
- Board of Negotiation (BON)
- Conservation Review Board (CRB)
- Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT)
- Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)
Adjudicative tribunals play a vital role in the justice system by using their specialized expertise to hear a variety of disputes in an independent and impartial manner.
Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario
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Toronto ON M5G 1E5
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