The Regional Appeal Boards are established to hear, decide and issue orders respecting appeals within their respective areas of jurisdiction in all cases where, under the Urban and Rural Planning Act, 2000 or regulations, an appeal board is required to do so.
The Minister shall appoint three (3) to five (5) board members as per section 41(1) of the Urban and Rural Planning Act, 2000.
Members are appointed by the Minister. While the Urban and Rural Planning Act, 2000 does not outline qualifications for members of a Regional Appeal Board, members should ideally possess some general knowledge in the following subjects: land use planning, local governance, and administrative law.
While no specific education, training, or community involvement is required to hold office on a Regional Appeal Board under the Urban and Rural Planning Act, 2000, experience with local governance, municipal administration, administrative law, and planning would benefit a member and Board tremendously.
Ideal personal attributes include:
Members of the Eastern Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board should be available to meet six (6) times per year for approximately three (3) to four (4) days. Members of the Central and West Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board as well as the Labrador Regional Appeal Boards should be available to meet three (3) times per year for approximately two (2) to three (3) days.
Board members will be expected to spend additional time reviewing materials and preparing for appeal hearings.
Members hold office for three (3) years and may be reappointed for three (3) more years. Members shall continue to serve on the board until replaced or reappointed.
Members should be comfortable facilitating meetings in confrontational settings, have strong communication and writing skills, and be comfortable dealing with a variety of individuals, including: members of the public, those from the media, lawyers, councillors, municipal staff, and government officials.
Ideal qualifications of members include possessing some general knowledge on the following subjects: land use planning, local governance, and administrative law.
Members should have a sound understanding of the role of the Board as prescribed under Part VI of the Urban and Rural Planning Act, 2000 and a firm grasp on the rules of procedure as developed by the Minister.