On January 10, 2014, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing ended the consultation phase of its review of the land use planning and appeal systems, and the development charges system (see our previous blog post).
The Ministry is currently analyzing the submissions it received from the public, municipalities and stakeholders on:
- the province’s land use planning systems, including what can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”);
- the Development Charges Act;
- parkland dedication; and
- section 37 of the Planning Act.
Changes to the OMB’s operations, practices and procedures are not part of the scope of the review, nor was the province’s role in planning matters.
The Ministry has not yet advised when it expects to provide a report on the review or any recommendation to the Minister.
* March 2015 Update: The Province is introducing amendments to the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act. See blog posts Province Proposes Amendments to the Planning Act and Development Charges Act and Smart Growth For Our Communities Act, 2015 and comparison tables showing the proposed amendments to the Development Charges Act and the proposed amendments to the Planning Act.