Ontario Proposing Changes to Ontario Municipal Board to Improve Efficiency and Accessibility

Ontario Proposing Changes to Ontario Municipal Board to Improve Efficiency and Accessibility
Posted on October 5, 2016 | Yasir Naqvi | Written on October 5, 2016
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Ontario is undertaking a comprehensive review of how the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) operates and its role in the province's land-use planning system to help make it more efficient and more accessible to all Ontarians.

The OMB plays a central role in Ontario's land-use planning process as an independent, public body through which people can appeal or defend land-use decisions that affect their property or community. 

As part of the review, the government is consulting the public on possible changes to the OMB that, if adopted, would:

  • Allow for more meaningful and affordable public participation
  • Give more weight to local and provincial decisions and support alternative ways to settle disputes
  • Bring fewer municipal and provincial decisions to the OMB
  • Support clearer and more predictable decision making

The changes under consideration would improve everyday life for Ontarians by providing easier public access to information about the OMB and its processes through an expanded Citizen Liaison Office. The proposed changes would also better specify what can be appealed to the OMB, as well as the mechanisms through which the OMB hears these appeals.

Ontarians wishing to participate in the consultation may submit comments online or in person at one of the town hall meetings being held across the province this fall.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office: ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414.

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A first generation Canadian, Yasir’s family arrived in Canada in 1988 after the Pakistani government imprisoned his father for leading a pro-democracy march. With an upbringing deeply rooted in the values of... More