We have passed legislation that replaces OMB with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal!
Since 2010, I have been working with you to reform Ontario's land-use planning appeals system. Thanks in large part to our community’s feedback, we have found a way to practically and meaningfully transform our land-use planning system and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) so that it is more reflective of our neighbourhoods and fosters community-inspired development.
Today, our government passed Bill 139, a landmark piece of legislation that will give communities a stronger voice in land-use planning. I am proud to work on this legislation and spoke to it during Third Reading on behalf of our community. I encourage you to view my remarks on this important issue below.
This legislation will strengthen communities’ voices in the planning process as it accomplishes four objectives:
1. Creating greater certainty for residents, communities, and developers by exempting a broader range of major land-use planning decisions from appeal, including new Official Plans (OP), major OP updates, and detailed plans to support growth in major transit areas.
2. Giving communities a stronger voice in development by affording greater weight to the decisions of local communities and governments, while ensuring that development and growth occurs in a way that is good for Ontario and its future. The new tribunal could only overturn the municipal decision if it does not follow provincial and local plans or policies.
3. Ensuring faster, fairer and more affordable hearings by establishing clear timelines for pre-hearing and hearing processes so that people can get a better sense of when the tribunal would hear their case, and how long the process is going to take.
4. Providing access to free legal and planning support for Ontarians by creating a new independent agency, the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre. The purpose of this support centre is to provide free legal and planning advice and representation to communities throughout the appeal process.
I strongly believe that these changes will create a balanced decision-making process that is more predictable, faster and less costly, and can help ensure that cities and towns reflect the best interests of the people living in them today, as well as future generation by fostering community-inspired development.
We are now working to ensure that the new system will be implemented in spring 2018. We are consulting the public, through the Environmental Bill of Rights (http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-E…/displaynoticecontent.do…) and Regulatory Registries (http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do…) to finalize appropriate transition rules, as well as other matters that would be dealt with through regulations, such as timelines and tribunal practices and procedures. We welcome feedback regarding these matters.
If you have any questions or comments, please never hesitate to call me at the Community Office at (613) 722-6414 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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