Councillor Josh Matlow


6 04, 2018

Fighting Back Against Overdevelopment and Advocating For Social Services and Infrastructure- Have Your Say On the Times Group Proposal for 1951 Yonge Street

2018-07-06T20:25:16+00:00Tags: , , |

Last year, an application was submitted for two towers (34 and 25 storeys) at the northeast corner of Yonge and Davisville. In their report, City Planning Staff agree with me and the local community that the proposal from the Times Group is completely inappropriate, as it's a significant overdevelopment of the site. As it is currently proposed, the two [...]

13 12, 2017

Our Fight to Abolish the Ontario Municipal Board- Province Passes Legislation to Eliminate OMB

2018-07-06T19:37:20+00:00Tags: , |

After years of advocating alongside my colleague, Kristyn-Wong Tam and local residents' associations, the Ontario legislature voted to move forward with major changes to the planning appeals system in Toronto yesterday. Bill 139, the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 will replace the OMB with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. While I have serious [...]

31 05, 2017

Ontario to Overhaul Land Use Planning Appeals System to Give Local Communities a Stronger Voice in Land Use Planning Decisions 

2018-07-06T18:46:14+00:00Tags: |

Issue / Background:  On May 16, 2017 the Ontario Government announced it was taking action to overhaul the Province's land use planning appeals system to give communities a stronger voice in land use planning decisions and ensure people have access to faster, fairer and more affordable hearings.  As part of this process legislation will be [...]

16 05, 2017

OMB to be overhauled; New Planning Tribunal Substantive Step for Toronto Neighbourhoods

2017-09-29T19:50:15+00:00Tags: |

Cities and residents will have more control over development decisions and community planning Toronto City Hall – Councillor Josh Matlow welcomed the elimination of the Ontario Municipal Board, to be replaced by the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, announced by the Province this morning as a positive step toward greater local control of the planning process for Toronto. [...]

1 05, 2017

Ontario Municipal Board Will no Longer Hear Minor Variance Appeals

2018-07-06T17:49:09+00:00Tags: , |

Committee of Adjustment decisions on minor variances (generally related to single-family homes) will no longer be appealable to the Ontario Municipal Board. Instead, Toronto has now established its own Local Appeals Body. I hope that this is an important first step toward Toronto having greater freedom from the OMB. For more information, please see this Toronto Star article.

24 02, 2017

The Toronto Star Feature Series on the OMB and our Yonge-Eglinton Area

2018-07-06T16:50:17+00:00Tags: , , |

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an unaccountable, unelected and anti-democratic provincially-appointed body that has the final say over our city's planning decisions. The influence that the OMB has had on the Yonge-Eglinton area were featured in a well-written, informative series in the Toronto Star this past weekend. As many of you know, I have been a [...]

23 02, 2017

City Staff to Defend Community at OMB Against Yonge & St. Clair Development

2018-07-06T16:59:38+00:00Tags: , , |

At Toronto and East York Community Council this week, my colleagues supported my motion to ensure the neighbourhood will be represented by City Planning and City Legal to oppose the inappropriate development proposal at 1417-1431 Yonge Street, just south of St. Clair. This file has had a long history and several iterations. On November 24, 2015, the [...]

6 07, 2012

OMB: Good for developers, bad for cities?

2017-05-29T19:25:16+00:00Tags: |

Toronto Star. June 23, 2012   The story of the Ontario Municipal Board is a story about the future of Toronto: whether, as growth redraws the skyline, this city will be a paint-by-numbers or a work of art.   As a quasi-judicial tribunal that hears appeals arriving from municipal planning decisions, the OMB’s story is [...]

7 02, 2012

Toronto Star: Toronto asks to opt out of Ontario Municipal Board

2017-05-29T19:25:31+00:00Tags: |

February 6, 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 34-5 vote on Monday. The vote is expected to prompt talks with the province over [...]

14 11, 2011

The Grid: Four reasons why we wouldn’t miss the OMB

2011-11-14T14:05:17+00:00Tags: |

November 11, 2011   Last Tuesday, Councillors Josh Matlow and Kristyn Wong-Tam introduced a motion at the Planning and Growth Committee meeting to do away with the Ontario Municipal Board. (Mississauga beat us to the punch by introducing a similar motion in June.) The committee voted unanimously in favour of asking the province to remove [...]

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