Ontario Planning to Fix Planning


A sign of the times in Innisfil

The provincial government has initiated a new consultation process to hear from stakeholders and the public about how Ontario’s land use planning system can be improved.

Specifically, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing wants suggestions about:

There will be a series of public meetings scattered across the province but interested parties can more easily submit their opinions in writing.  The consultation specifically excludes several topics including “eliminating or changing the OMB’s operations, practices and procedures”. However, the government’s web page goes on to say,

“The review will also look to find ways to foster better co-operation and collaboration between municipalities, community groups, property owners and developers, so more land use planning matters can be resolved locally, instead of being referred to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).”

Submissions are being received until January 20, 2014.

Link to Ministry page for more information