Ontario Divisional Court Dismisses Request to Appeal
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Decision Stands; Hospital Campaign Moving Forward
Divisional Court released a decision dismissing the request to appeal a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) decision. The LPAT decision released in December 2019 upheld Windsor City Council’s decision to approve the rezoning of the selected site for the new regional acute care hospital and the official plan amendment for the surrounding area.
After the LPAT decision, a Motion for Leave to Appeal the LPAT decision was filed in Divisional Court. After a two day hearing, Justice Gregory Verbeem dismissed the Motion for Leave to Appeal and ordered legal costs in favour of the City of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital.
Justice Verbeem stated, “Each of its proposed grounds of appeal was without merit.”
The Windsor-Essex Hospitals System is a major, once-in-a-lifetime reform that will transform hospital services in Windsor-Essex for generations to come. It includes the integration of acute care in a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital that will replace existing outdated and undersized facilities; the integration of tertiary, acute and community based mental health care; a centre of Mental Health Excellence at the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Tayfour Campus; and services in the city's core, including Urgent Care (Satellite Emergency Department) and Outpatient Mental Health.
The steering committee overseeing the project has developed a detailed community engagement plan for Stage 2 of the planning process that includes significant opportunity for all residents to have a voice and participate in the next step of the process.
“Premier Ford knows that this is our region’s number one priority, and we need to move forward with this project without further delay. Windsor-Essex deserves a new, modern health system, and I plan to redouble my efforts to make this plan a reality.” - Mayor Drew Dilkens, City of Windsor
“This is welcomed news for the residents of Windsor and Essex County. It is imperative that we continue to move forward with the single site acute care hospital project, which is paramount for the efficient and effective delivery of modern healthcare that all our residents need and deserve.” - Gary McNamara, Essex County Warden
“We are excited to move forward on this vitally important project to create a modern health system for Windsor and Essex County and look forward to next steps on the road to a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital.” - David Musyj, President and CEO, Windsor Regional Hospital
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