Municipal and Government Affairs Committee (MAGA)

What We Do

  • BVA MAGA's aim is to maintain the character, integrity and beauty of Bayview Village, by monitoring and presenting our community’s perspectives on issues impacting our community, including: real estate developments; orderly flow of traffic; municipal and provincial government initiatives; parking; infrastructure; “green” spaces; environment and educational facilities.
  • We pro-actively work with local government agencies, elected officials and developers to address issues impacting our community, and respond to residents who approach us with their input and concerns.
  • Supporting BVA MAGA work, is the City of Toronto Official Plan, and the Sheppard Subway Corridor Plan.

OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) What is it? How does it work? Click here to find out. NEW! See article on right.

How to make a written submission to NY Committee of Adjustment

Address your letter to:

Chair & Members, North York Panel,
Committee of Adjustment,
North York Civic Centre
North York, ON M2N 5V7

Attach your letter to an email addressed to Brendan Clapp and cc Councillor Shiner

The subject of the email should be “Item XX (AXXX /15NY), September xx North York Committee of Adjustment Meeting”

“Dear Mr. Clapp: Attached please find a letter which I would appreciate being distributed to Mr. Antonacci and the members of the Committee of Adjustment’s North York Panel. Please register me as a speaker on this item (#xx , File no. AXXX /15NY) at the September XX meeting.”

North York Bylaw 7625

Local builders and contractors following the bylaws? Read summary of the regulations.

How to report illegal tree removal

Please provide any information and photos of the tree and its actual size measured at 1.4 meters from the ground, as well as any information regarding the tree service company which removed the tree and or photos of the vehicle licence plates and individuals involved. Send information to:

Leo Stalteri
Urban Forestry Inspector
5100 Yonge St. 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
416 395-6185
416 395-6714 (Fax)

OMB Reform

Passing of Bill 139 – the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017

Please note that on December 12, the Legislative Assembly passed the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 which, among other matters, will replace the Ontario Municipal Board with a new tribunal, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, and helps ensure that proceedings before the tribunal are faster, fairer and more affordable.

More specifically, the legislation includes reforms that will:

  • Reduce the number of appeals by limiting what could be brought before the new tribunal.
  • Reduce the length and cost of hearings and create a more level playing field for all participants by introducing timelines and requiring the new tribunal to look for ways, like mediation, to settle major land use planning appeals that could avoid the hearing process altogether.
  • Eliminate lengthy and often confrontational examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses by parties and their lawyers at the oral hearings of major land use planning appeals.
  • Establish the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre, a new provincial agency, which will provide Ontarians with information about the land use planning appeal process, legal and planning advice, and, in certain cases, may provide legal representation in proceedings before the tribunal.
  • Give more weight to key decisions made by municipal officials who have been elected to serve in the interests of the communities they represent.

These and the other reforms in the new legislation stem from last year’s comprehensive review of how the Ontario Municipal Board operates and its role in the province’s land-use planning system.

Proposed Regulatory Changes

Some of the changes made through Bill 139 will require corresponding amendments to existing regulations and the creation of new regulations. 

Planning Act

Under the Planning Act, the proposed regulatory changes would:

  • Require explanations of how planning proposals conform with local planning documents (which would build on other requirements);
  • Clarify requirements for municipal notices;
  • Make other technical changes; and
  • Establish transition rules for planning matters in process at the time of proclamation under the Planning Act.

For more information, including providing comments on these matters please go to the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry:

  • EBR Registry Posting 013-1790: Proposed amendments to matters included in existing regulations under the Planning Act relating to the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 (Bill 139).
  • EBR Registry Posting 013-1788: Proposed new regulation under the Planning Act to prescribe transitional provisions for the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 (Bill 139).

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act

Under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017, the proposed regulatory changes would:

  • Establish transition rules for appeals to the Tribunal under the Planning Act;
  • Establish timelines for appeals to the Tribunal under the Planning Act;
  • Establish time limits for submissions at oral hearings for major land use planning appeals before the Tribunal; and
  • Scope the practices and procedures of the Tribunal in respect of major land use planning appeals.

For more information, including providing comments on these matters please go to Regulatory Registry:

Bayview Village Mall expansion plans

Bayview Village Mall is planning a major expansion. They began public consultations last year (Bayview Village residents were all invited -  200+ attended) and they have continued to meet with various groups, including our own BVA MAGA Committee, chaired by Victoria Joly.

The mall’s plans are now more fully thought out and they are in the process of submitting them to the city. Bayview Village Mall developers have set up a website to provide more information and also to provide an opportunity for you to have input.

MAGA is working with the owners to find ways to have our Bayview Village community kept updated and to have opportunities to meet and raise issues. We want to let you know that the expansion is planned over many, many years.

Your BVA sees our community role as being an active participant in shaping the future of our community.