The Toronto Transit Commission (“TTC”) is expected to outgrow its current subway storage and maintenance capacity. As such, the TTC needs to pursue and acquire (i.e., expropriate) properties for additional capacity. Such acquisition is ongoing, specifically with the Etobicoke region, as the TTC has identified approximately 73 acres of land to expropriate.
City Council has provided authority under the Expropriations Act for the same, and Notices of Application for Approval to Expropriate have been served on registered property owners. A Hearing of Inquiry was held in February 2018, and it was accepted that the TTC’s site is appropriate in size and location. Therefore, the expropriation was found to be fair, sound and reasonably necessary.
Ongoing negotiations with the owner have yet to result in the acquisition of the properties, expropriations will be required to meet the project timelines. If you are a property or business owner that is impacted by a transit project, whether the TTC Modernization projects or any of the LRT projects around Ontario, it would be advisable to consult with an expropriation lawyer in Ontario today.