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Provincial Government Introducing Four Updated Land Use Plans

Updated map showing the Greenbelt Area in the GGH, image courtesy of the Provinc
May 24, 2017 3:00 pm | by Eric Chen | Comments
Last year, we reported that the Government of Ontario was taking steps to amend the land use plans and policies that guide how the Greater Golden Horseshoe grows. As part of this initiative the ... read more

New Tribunal Could Soon Replace The Ontario Municipal Board

Toronto skyline, image by Simone Gramegna via Flickr
May 16, 2017 3:18 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Earlier this month, UrbanToronto published an article on the City of Toronto having implemented a Local Appeals Body for matters regarding land use decisions made by the Committee of Adjustment ... read more

Toronto's Local Appeals Body Coming Into Effect May 3

Sunrise over the Toronto skyline, image by y5wong via Flickr
May 1, 2017 4:02 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Just over a month ago, Toronto City Council passed Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 142, allowing for the creation of the Toronto Local Appeals Body (TLAB), effective starting on Wednesday May 3rd. ... read more

Province Set To Update Outdated Municipal Legislation

Queen's Park, image by Marcus Mitanis
November 23, 2016 5:42 pm | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
To modernize municipal legislation, the Province of Ontario is proposing key changes that would grant municipalities a higher degree of autonomy through amendments to the Municipal Act (MA), the ... read more

Public Input Sought on Reforming the Ontario Municipal Board

November 16, 2016 7:08 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Originally called the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board in 1906 and later renamed the Ontario Municipal Board in 1932, the OMB is an independent tribunal that makes decisions on municipal ... read more

Province Proposing Changes to Ontario Municipal Board

Ontario Municipal Board, OMB, Toronto
October 6, 2016 3:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
For the past few years, Toronto City Councillors including Kristyn Wong-Tam, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Pam McConnell, and Josh Matlow have been taking a stance against the Ontario Municipal Board ... read more

Province Examining Development Charges, the OMB, and Section 37

Linda Jeffrey, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Fort York, Toronto
October 24, 2013 2:45 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
This morning at Fort York, Lindy Jeffrey, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced that her government would be seeking input as to how the province could improve land use ... read more

Development Review: The Ontario Municipal Board

Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Toronto Condos, Talon International
October 26, 2012 3:13 pm | by Michael Batt | Comments
One of the most dominant forces in city building is the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which operates as a branch of the Environment and Land Tribunals of Ontario (ELTO) and is directed by ... read more

Development Review: Toronto's Development Process

City of Toronto Development Proposal Sign, 17 Dundonald, Toronto Condos, Worsley
October 19, 2012 4:25 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The City of Toronto receives many planning applications with varying degrees of complexity. City Planning organizes applications into categories based on the principles of the Streamlining The ... read more

Council Rejects Controversial Proposal for College Street Residence

245 & 253 College Street Residence, Toronto. Developed by Knightstone Capita
June 22, 2012 2:00 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
At over 12 times the permitted density and five times the permitted height for the site, City Council has rejected Knightstone Capital's proposed 759-bed residence at 245 & 253 College Street ... read more

U of T and Local Residents Locked in Conflict Over College St. Residence

245 College Street Residence, Toronto. Designed by Diamond + Schmitt
June 7, 2012 2:50 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
The politics behind the planning process is anything but tidy. Driven by market logic to maximize revenue by selling the greatest number of units permissible on a site, developers often meet stiff ... read more

The Ontario Municipal Board: Villain or Scapegoat?

December 13, 2011 2:11 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Research on the Ontario Municipal Board shows that a poor planning system is behind the negative perception of the OMB, and improving the system would be more productive than eliminating the OMB. read more