The Marotta group has hired an architect to produce a new picture of their proposed hotel/convention centre. Much was made of this rendering in a recent letter to the editor by Mr. Marotta’s lawyer. At this point, however, all we and the Town have are pictures. No detail.
The court application by the Marotta companies to overturn your elected Council’s decision to proceed with designation of the Rand Estate under the Ontario Heritage Act has been completely rejected. In a decision by the Ontario Superior Court, Madame Justice Walters found against the Marotta group on every ground and dismissed their application with costs payable to both the Town and to SORE.
The hearing by Madame Justice Walters of the challenge by the Marotta group to your Council’s notice of intent to designate the Rand Estate under the Heritage Act concluded late Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 7, in St. Catharines. The hearing took place over two days, with the Marotta group lawyer taking the full first day and the […]
In response to some questions on our earlier update, the court hearing will resume tomorrow morning (Tuesday, Jan. 7) at 10 am. The Town’s lawyers will be making their submissions then. SORE expects that the Town’s lawyers will take the morning session and that SORE’s lawyers will have their turn immediately after lunch. So if you’re able […]
Day 1 of the Marotta companies’ challenge of the Town’s heritage designation bylaws is going well. Thank you to the many dozen residents who attended today. Tomorrow – Tuesday, Jan. 7 – SORE’s lawyers will be presenting our case starting at 1:30 pm (changed from 11:15 am). SORE’s team will be led by renowned […]
SORE has received confirmation that the court application by Benny Marotta’s companies challenging the Town’s heritage designation of the Rand Estate will be heard starting NEXT MONDAY, JANUARY 6, AT 11 AM in St. Catharines. (Important: Time changed to 11 am.) The court location is 59 Church Street (the same location as this spring when […]
SORE reminds our supporters and interested residents that the court challenge initiated by Benny Marotta’s companies of your Council’s decision to designate the Rand Estate under the Heritage Act is finally set for a hearing in the week of January 6. We expect to be able to confirm the exact day on Friday, January 3. […]
As reported on in our last update, the Conservation Review Board (CRB) held a prehearing conference on Monday, December 2. The CRB heard submissions from the Town and SORE that the uncertainty about the Marotta group’s challenges to the Town’s designation of the Rand Estate under the Heritage Act has dragged on long enough and […]
The Conservation Review Board (CRB) has advised the Town, Benny Marotta’s companies and SORE that it is ready to schedule a hearing. Mr. Marotta’s companies appealed the Town’s decision in August of 2018 to designate the Rand Estate under the Heritage Act to the CRB. Our supporters will recall that SORE was awarded party status by […]
Regrettably, it now appears that the hearing on Benny Marotta’s court challenge to the Town’s efforts to have the Rand Estate designated under the Ontario Heritage Act will be further delayed. We are now expecting the hearing to occur during the week of January 6th, 2020. We will be looking for your attendance […]
SORE alerts its supporters and all Town residents of an important court date in St Catharines next week. Readers will recall that Benny Marotta challenged the legality of your elected Council’s decision to designate all four Rand Estate properties under the Ontario Heritage Act in August of 2018. After many delays at the hands […]
SORE confirms that the Marotta LPAT hearing scheduled for Monday, July 29, has been cancelled. Mr. Marotta has withdrawn his appeal and LPAT will be closing its file. SORE and the Town may seek costs from the Marotta group for wasting our (and your) money on this appeal. Benny Marotta and his representatives have […]
In a not entirely surprising move, Benny Marotta’s lawyer advised the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal late yesterday that he was withdrawing the Marotta group’s zoning appeal to LPAT. LPAT has cancelled the July 29 scheduled hearing, at which the Town and SORE were poised to ask the Tribunal to set the appeal down for a […]
SORE supporters and all residents are reminded that the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) will reconvene at 10 am on Monday, July 29, in the NOTL Community Centre. In May, LPAT granted SORE full party status in this appeal and granted a brief adjournment to July 29 to allow for a decision in an unrelated court case that would provide guidance on the conduct of the appeal.
SORE has learned that the Town has recently laid four charges against two of Benny Marotta’s companies under the Ontario Heritage Act. These are quasi-criminal charges under our legal system and can result in substantial fines for corporations and jail time for individuals upon conviction.
SORE was granted party status by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) on May 9 for Benny Marotta’s appeal to that Tribunal.
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is holding an important case management conference this Thursday, May 9 at 10 am in the Town Community Centre Auditorium on Benny Marotta’s request for approval of his convention centre/hotel proposal at the Rand Estate.
Benny Marotta has appealed the zoning bylaw application for his proposed convention centre and hotel to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), rather than letting your elected Council make a decision. LPAT has now set a prehearing on May 9 at the Community Centre.
SORE has been granted full party status to intervene in the court challenge brought by Benny Marotta’s companies of your elected Council’s decision to designate the Rand Estate under the Heritage Act.
SORE’s lawyers appeared in court on the morning of April 3 in St Catharines on Benny Marotta’s attempt to overturn Council’s decision last August to designate the Rand Estate under the Heritage Act. Dozens of NOTL residents packed the courtroom to support SORE. In our ongoing game of “whack a mole” with Benny Marotta, we are now focused on the next legal challenge he has initiated – to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
SORE now has confirmation on the timing of its application to intervene in Benny Marotta’s efforts to have a court overturn Council’s decision last August to designate the Rand Estate properties under the Heritage Act. SORE’s motion will be heard tomorrow, Wednesday April 3, at 10 am. The motion will be heard at the court […]
Save Our Rand Estate – also known as “SORE” – was created to support responsible development, specifically of the Rand Estate. We welcome projects that respect the unique historical and cultural heritage of NOTL. At the same time, we are prepared to stand up against developers who show little regard for our cultural heritage and the Town Official Plan.
The Town will be hosting a statutory public meeting on Monday evening in the Community Centre on the proposed new Official Plan. SORE has identified a number of deficiencies in the proposed new OP concerning Randwood.
There was an initial court appearance on Thursday (Feb. 14) in St Catharines on the court challenge by the Marotta group of the Town’s decision last August to designate the four Rand Estate properties under the Heritage Act. The matter was put over to early April and will be further spoken to at that time. We do not anticipate an actual hearing until late June.