February 7, 2012
Seeking to give residents more say about what gets built in their neighbourhoods, Toronto city council has asked the province to free the city from the Ontario Municipal Board’s jurisdiction.
Council endorsed the proposal in a 34-5 vote on Monday. The vote is expected to prompt talks with the province over how to revamp the quasi-judicial board, which hears appeals of zoning decisions and frequently overturns council.
“We’ve heard time and time again from our residents that there’s an inequitable playing field,” said Coun. Josh Matlow, who has been urging changes along with Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam.
Council was told that the city had 121 cases at the board in 2011 involving about 240 days of hearings. The city wins some and loses some, said chief planner Gary Wright.
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