Ontario consulting on Planning Procedures, including OMB

Here is our MPP Yasir Naqvi’s announcement on upcoming consultation about the future of the planning process, OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) included.

From reading a related Toronto Star Article on OMB Consultation, the consultation is with municipalities, community groups (that’s us), and other stakeholders. Obviously the other stakeholders includes developers.

The news came out at the AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) annual conference in Ottawa.  In the daily events listing I see lots of interesting topics discussed there, from Beer Stores vs Convenience Stores to water infrastructure.  They even had a closing keynote speech from Terry O’Reilly, host of one of my favourite radio shows, The Age of Persuasion, talking about “The Power of Emotion Marketing”. However, Ontario premiere Kathleen Wynne didn’t say anything specifically about the OMB in her opening speech. Nice to see that the opposition leaders also got a chance to speak.

– Alex

Yasir’s text also available at

OMB Consultations Announced

Ontario to consult on our land use planning system, the role of the OMB and municipal development charges.

I am very excited to announce that today at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference, the Government of Ontario outlined our plans to engage Ontarians on matters related to land use planning in our province.

Our government believes in the importance of a strong land-use planning system that empowers Ontario municipalities to make sustainable planning decisions, protect the environment while creating jobs, attracting new investment and strengthening local economies.

After listening to the concerns of our partner municipalities and key stakeholders and are pleased to announce that this fall, the government will launch two important consultations designed to improve land use planning in Ontario. These consultations will address land-use planning appeals at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), and the Development Charges Act and other municipal development-related fees and charges.

We are always interested in constructive ideas to make our land-use planning system more effective, and these consultations will build on the progress we have made to date, including creating the Greenbelt, introducing the Growth Plan and making important reforms to the OMB. Further details on the consultation dates, and how to participate will be made available this fall. As soon as this information is available, I will let you know.

I am very pleased by this announcement. As you know, our community has a special interest in this matter. I, along with you, am committed to pursuing solutions which would help in creating a level playing field in planning and development matters, and towards building a sustainable community for us all.

Please do not hesitate to contact my Community Office if you have any questions about this exciting initiative.

Yasir Naqvi, MPP
Ottawa Centre

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