I am happy to share with you that the Ontario Government is undertaking a review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to develop recommendations that will improve how the OMB works within the broader system of land use planning. I want your feedback!
As the MPP for Ottawa Centre, I have often heard from residents that the OMB must be reformed so it better serves the unique needs of our community and incorporates better land use planning principles.
The government is now accepting feedback on a number of topics related to the OMB. Comments and suggestions received during all stages of the review, as well as comments already received, will be used to help inform the government of what changes may be needed. A consultation paper will be released in fall 2016 for further comment.
It is important to me that the residents of Ottawa Centre participate in the review process, which is why I am encouraging you to send in your feedback so we can develop recommendations that will reform the OMB to better serve our community’s unique needs.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has already made improvements to the OMB based on public feedback on Ontario’s Smart Growth for Our Communities Act:
· When municipalities prepare new official plans, the plans can no longer be appealed in their entirety; and
· Once a new official plan is in place, that plan would not be subject to any new appeals of private applications for two years unless the municipality allows the applications to be made.
Improving the OMB is part of our government's plan to build Ontario up by championing smart, sustainable neighbourhoods that would lead to community-inspired development.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office: email@example.com or 613-722-6414.
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