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Significant changes to the Ontario Municipal Board

Written by on June 01, 2017.

The Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) will be undergoing radical reform in the coming months. The Ontario government recently announced its long-awaiting plans to restructure the OMB. If the changes are passed, the OMB will be replaced by a new statutory body, which will be referred to as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“Tribunal”). The Tribunal would be mandated to provide more weight to local concerns in appeals related to land use and development. Perhaps most significantly, c...

Modernizing Municipal Legislation

Written by on November 28, 2016.

On November 16, 2016 the Ontario government introduced changes to three key pieces of municipal legislation: Municipal Act, 2001, City of Toronto Act, Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The proposed changes are focused on accountability and transparency; municipal financial sustainability; and responsive and flexible service delivery. Some of the key proposed changes include: Establishing a broader range of penalties for contraventions to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act; Requi...

Development Charges Act: funding for transit and recycling

Written by on February 16, 2016.

Last week, we reported on the passage of Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (the “Act”) and its implications for the Planning Act. This week we look at the amendments to the Development Charges Act, which mean more funding tools for municipalities for transit and recycling initiatives. Under the Development Charges Act, a municipality may impose a development charge for developments that require certain kinds of planning approvals, like a zoning by-law or a minor varianc...

Significant Changes to Planning Act Coming

Written by on February 12, 2016.

On December 3, 2015 a few parts of Bill 73, the Smart Growth for our Communities Act, came into force, amending both the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act. The majority of the changes under the Planning Act are not yet in force. One significant pending change relates to removing appeal rights of official plan amendments for environmentally sensitive land use designations. The goals of the Bill 73 Planning Act amendments include enhancing citizen engagement, resolving planning ...