Bannockburn OMB hearing held over until May

Adjournment granted while city and school board talk

The Ontario Municipal Board hearing for the proposed severance of land at Bannockburn School has been adjourned until mid-May to allow time for the city and TDSB to discuss a possible deal for the city to buy the South Armour Heights greenspace.

The decision was made during a Jan. 8 OMB hearing when it was revealed the school board and city had been discussing a possible acquisition since late 2014. The two sides now have months to reach an agreement before the OMB hearing continues May 13–14.

The Toronto public school board first proposed the severance of the property to raise funds for other projects in 2013. It met with fierce opposition from the community, leading to the formation of the Save Bannockburn group, which then led the charge against the proposal and raised funds to fight it at the OMB.

The city’s committee of adjustment rejected the proposal in May last year, saying the school board failed to follow its own policies in the proposal and citing community need for greenspace.

In June, the school board said it would take the matter to the OMB, but was willing to sell the land to the city if an offer was made. The city expressed interest, but never made a formal offer.

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Posted: Jan 12 2015 12:44 pm
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