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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

OMB To Rule on Expropriation Compensation at UPI Gas Station

Owen Sound | by Al Parrish  

The land was taken in 2015, for street widening but the owner says he lost more than land.

We reported on an Ontario Municipal Board hearing in Owen Sound, in a dispute over a land expropriation.

3 metres of land from the UPI gas at 1510 9th avenue east, owned by Dal Basra, was expropriated for street widening, in 2015.

The week-long OMB hearing from July 10th to the 14th, to determine if the property owner deserves more compensation than he received in 2015, ended Monday.

Expropriation is supposed to give fair compensation and leave the property owner no worse off than before.

In this case, Ondrej Sabo, lawyer for Dal Basra, says his client has lost business and the possibility of an expansion  development opportunity. He says there are other concerns regarding snowplowing and traffic flow that have a negative effect.

Owen Sound Director of Operations Ken Becking says the case began when the city tried to acquire some property from the owner of the land, back in 2015.

A deal couldn't be worked out on the 3 metres across the front of the property, so Owen Sound proceeded under the Expropriation Act.

Dal Basra appealed the expropriation to the OMB.

The OMB Chair will make a decision, likely within 3 weeks.

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