Councillor Josh Matlow

Developers racing to OMB ahead of new provincial planning rules

Monday, November 27, 2017
Jennifer Pagliaro
Toronto Star

The soon to be created Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will change the way local planning decisions are made. It is expected to be approved by Queen's Park before the end of the year.

City officials are warning that developers are rushing en masse to appeal problematic applications to the powerful provincial tribunal that oversees land-use planning in order to avoid a less-favourable system.

City data shows the number of appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board on major development applications to the city have more than doubled compared to the same period last year.

Despite the current instability, a provincial official told the Star, new rules will not be made retroactive to earlier this year, as the city had requested.
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