The lawyers for both SORE and the Town recently filed their responding factums with the Court of Appeal in the Marotta group’s ongoing effort to overturn the previous Council’s decision to initiate the heritage designation process of the Rand Estate in August of 2018.
Our readers will recall that the Marotta group launched a court challenge of the Town’s notices of intent to designate in January of 2019, after SORE was given party status by the Conservation Review Board in a separate review request launched by the Marotta group before that Board in September of 2018. SORE was then given full party status by the Superior Court in the new legal challenge by the Marotta group.
The Superior Court rejected every argument of the Marotta group against the Town’s heritage designation notices in a decision issued this spring and awarded costs of $110,000 in favour of the Town and $55,000 in favour of SORE
The Marotta group has now appealed the Superior Court decision to the Ontario Court of Appeal. It has also sought leave to appeal the adverse cost awards given to both the Town and SORE. We are hopeful that the Court of Appeal will schedule the hearing of this appeal this fall and finally put an end to the endless litigation by the Marotta group over the previous Council’s decision to accord heritage protection to Randwood.
Factums from SORE Association
Copies of SORE’s Court of Appeal factums can be found here.
Factums of Town of NOTL
Copies of the Town’s Court of Appeal factums can be found here.
We believe the integrity of Old Town NOTL depends on a successful outcome in the various legal challenges initiated by the Marotta group. As always, we thank you for your continued support.