Provincial Review of the Ontario Municipal Board October

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Dear Friends and Neighbours,

The province has recently launched a review of the scope and effectiveness of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Unfortunately, the OMB plays an influential role in our City’s planning process and the development of Ward 25 communities. From the unprecedented intensification at Yonge and Eglinton to the transformation of Bayview Avenue and Don Mills, every single neighbourhood in Ward 25 has been impacted by the OMB.

The OMB is a provincially appointed, quasi-judicial administrative tribunal that hears planning appeals from the municipal level. When an application is appealed to the OMB, it’s the province – not the City of Toronto – that decides if the application is approved.

While many jurisdictions have planning appeal bodies, none have the same power and broad rights that the OMB does. The OMB has more extensive influence over local planning-related matters than any other provincial body in Canada.

Since I became your local Councillor in 2010, nearly every major development application in Ward 25 has been appealed to the OMB. This means that over 3,800 units, 330 storeys and 300,000 square meters of development in Ward 25 alone is decided by the province, not the City.

Furthermore, in approximately 80% of these cases, the proposal was appealed to the OMB before the City issued a decision on the application.

Over the past six years, I’ve voted with City Council four times to ask the province to remove Toronto from the jurisdiction of the OMB.

Although the province has yet to fully release Toronto from the grasp of the OMB, they have launched a review of the Board’s scope and effectiveness.

I strongly encourage you to participate in the review and share your feedback on the OMB with the province. There are several ways to get involved:

·         Submit or upload your comments using the online web-form
·         Email
·         Call 1-855-776-8011
·         Mail a submission to:

o   Ontario Municipal Board Review, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Provincial Planning Policy Branch, 777 Bay Street (13th Floor), Toronto, M5G 2E5

The deadline for providing feedback is December 19, 2016.

I also encourage you to attend the province’s OMB Town Hall in Toronto on November 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. To RSVP, please click here.

Your local MPP, Kathleen Wynne, will also be hosting a Town Hall to discuss a variety of issues in Don Valley West on Wednesday, November 9 at 6 p.m. at Lawrence Park Community Church (2180 Bayview Avenue). This is a great opportunity for you to discuss issues affecting our neighbourhood with your provincial representative.

This review is an important opportunity to have your say on the role of the OMB in our City’s planning process and our local neighbourhoods, and I hope that you will take the time to share your feedback with the province.

Thank you for your engagement.

Warm regards,