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:
- “how we can improve the province’s land use planning systems, including what can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)
- the Development Charges Act
- parkland dedication
- section 37 of the Planning Act, which enables a municipality to negotiate with a developer … in exchange for permission for the developer to build in excess of zoning limits”
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.