On 30 May 2017, Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 received first reading in the Ontario Legislature. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released a news release.
The proposed changes introduced by Bill 139 include:
- creating the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which would replace the Ontario Municipal Board;
- creating the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre, an agency that would provide free information and support for citizens who want to participate in the land use planning appeal process;
- amending the Planning Act, the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the Ontario Planning and Development Act, 1994 related to appeals;
- modernizing the Conservation Authorities Act and guiding the conservation of Ontario's watersheds.
Wood Bull LLP will provide further detail and analysis on the proposed changes in the coming weeks.
Related Blog Posts:
Bill 139 : Focusing on the New Tribunal is to Miss the Forest for the Trees - A Lesson in Legislative Misdirection - It’s the Appeal Provisions Which Count (Part 1 of a Longer Conversation about Bill 139)
Bill 139 Submission by Advocates for Effective OMB Reform
Bill 139 Proposed Planning Act Amendments - Comparison Table
WOOD BULLetin - Proposed Bill 139 - Government of Ontario's Proposed Changes to Overhaul the Land Use Planning Appeal System and Conserve Watersheds
Previous Blog Posts:
Province Proposes Changes to OMB / Land Use Planning Appeals System
OMB Review Public Consultation Comments Due 19 December 2016
Province Releases OMB Review Public Consultation Document
Provincial Review of the Ontario Municipal Board