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Province Reviewing Municipal Planning

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Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario is reviewing the way municipalities plan and pay for development to ensure growth is smart and sustainable across the province.

Over the next 20 years, communities will face increasing pressure to accommodate new population growth and development. To ensure that planning decisions support more liveable communities, attract jobs and encourage economic growth now and in the future, the province is reviewing its land use planning approval system and its Development Charges Act. The review will also look to find ways to foster better co-operation and collaboration between municipalities, community groups, property owners and developers, so more land use planning matters can be resolved locally, instead of being referred to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Supporting the province's communities in managing their growth is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Municipalities’ official plans are based on a 20 year growth cycle.
  • Ontario’s land use planning legislation is the foundation for official plans, zoning bylaws and other land use planning tools and processes. It also includes a dispute resolution process overseen by the OMB.
  • A development charge is a revenue tool designed to assist municipalities in paying for a portion of growth-related capital costs incurred to provide services to new residents and businesses.
  • The general public, municipalities and stakeholders are invited to participate in this review. Interested parties can share their ideas by taking part in workshops or by sending their feedback through mail or email.
  • There will be regional workshops to discuss land use planning and development charges in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Peel Region.

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“It is time to take a good, hard look at our land use planning process and the Development Charges Act. Ontario succeeds when our communities are able to grow and prosper in a way that is effective and well-managed.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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