At a recent Highland Gate Ratepayers Association (HGRPA) meeting, the association’s legal counsel, Stephen D’Agostino announced the association would also attempt to engage in OMB-led mediation with the developer to iron out some concerns such as new construction matching the current character of the existing neighbourhood and narrow roads.
“If all parties agree we can try to settle some of the issues before a trial begins,” D’Agostino said. “We don’t have to settle on all of the issues but if we get some settled, it could mean a less lengthy and cheaper trial.”
The OMB appeal process has already begun as the first pre-hearing session has wrapped up and another is slated for August. However, D’Agostino informed the ratepayers the association will spend two to three days in mediation in August to see what issues can be settled.
“If we can’t settle, we will go to war,” he said, his comments met with applause from the audience. “We are prepared to go toe-to-toe with the developer on issues we care about.”
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For more information, please contact municipal lawyer Stephen D’Agostino at 416-868-3126.