An Ontario Municipal Board hearing that began today regarding an application by ADI Developments for a 26-storey building at 374 Martha St. will reconvene March 16 after City Council meets Tuesday to consider a request for adjournment.
Counsel for the developer requested an adjournment of the hearing after announcing at the start of today’s proceedings that ADI Developments had acquired the adjacent parcel at 380 Martha and wants to incorporate that into the development proposal.
The original proposal wrapped around 380 Martha Street, in an L shape. The owner of 380 Martha was one of the parties to the OMB hearing; with the sale to the developer they will no longer object to the proposal or call evidence at the hearing.
City council will meet on Tuesday at 1:30 to receive instructions from legal counsel and make a decision regarding the requested adjournment. The agenda for the council meeting is here: Council Agenda March 15
The purpose of this meeting is for the discussion of a Confidential legal department update and will be closed to the public in accordance with Sec. 239 2(e) (f) of the Municipal Act, 2001
Votes of council must take place in public.
At the request of the OMB, Council is required to make a decision and notify the board by 3:30 on Tuesday. Once that decision is conveyed to the OMB, it becomes public.
If the adjournment request is not accepted by the OMB, the hearing would proceed using the previously scheduled three week block that began today.
If the adjournment request is accepted, the earliest the board could schedule a two week hearing into a revised proposal is early in 2017.
The OMB hearing will resume on Wednesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. in City Hall, Room 247. The hearing is open to the public.