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Deputation to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing from Jim Tovey, Ward 1 Councillor, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel

I was pleased to learn about the Feb. 20, 2017Free Family Skate Day at the historic Port Credit Arena, organized by Councillor Jim Tovey and the Ward the Ward 1 Office. Source: Tweet from Jim Tovey

I was pleased to learn about the Feb. 20, 2017 Free Family Skate Day at the historic Port Credit Arena, organized by Councillor Jim Tovey and the Ward 1 Office. Source: Tweet from Jim Tovey @JimTovey

Source: Tweet from Jim Tovey @JimTovey

Source: Tweet from Jim Tovey @JimTovey

This post is concerned with the current project, initiated by the Ontario government, to reform the Ontario Municipal Board.

The deputation to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing from City of Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey (please see text below), has the following back story, which Councillor Tovey has shared with me:

“The deputation was November 17, 2016. The Province held three Public meetings on OMB reform, one of which was in Ward 1, in Port Credit. Our community has been lobbying the Province for OMB reform since 2006. The OMB is very important for smaller Municipalities who do not have professional planners or an Official Plan. Cities like Toronto and Mississauga, who listen to the values of their communities and plan appropriately for growth, should be free from the threat of one Board Member overturning the community’s vision.

“The Motion we crafted, with help from our Legal Department, is simple and effective. It would also allow municipalities to control Consent Applications, lot splits, by taking them out of the hands of the Committee of Adjustment and the OMB. Lot splits would be considered a Zoning change that would then be decided by Council.”

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At “Jane’s Walk – How To” meeting at Long Branch Library on April 18, 2015, Jim Tovey outlines history of the Lakeview Legacy Project. Jaan Pill photo

A previous post is entitled:

Feb. 17, 2017 Toronto Star: Contested Development – Parts 1, 2 & 3 in series about Ontario Municipal Board “wielding its unelected power”

Two earlier posts featuring Jim Tovey are entitled:

Message from Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey regarding new Port Credit pay parking structure

Great interview regarding Human Scale Development with Councillor Jim Tovey at NewsTalk 1010 on Jan. 7, 2017

February 2017 Toronto Star series about Ontario Municipal Board

With regard to the recent Toronto Star series about the OMB, Jim Tovey has shared the following text at the Long Branch Development Facebook Page, and has given me permission to post it at the Preserved Stories website:

Deputation from Jim Tovey, Ward 1 Councillor, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel

Jim Tovey Councillor Ward 1
City of Mississauga and Region of Peel
jim.tovey@mississauga.ca
905-896-5100 C 416-989-2255

In presentation at the Long Branch Library on April 18, 2015, Jim Tovey points out features of the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project. Jaan Pill photo

At April 18, 2015 meeting at Long Branch Library, Jim Tovey notes key features of Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project. Jaan Pill photo

Deputation to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

The following Motion was adopted unanimously by the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel. It was forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and forms part of the Position papers from the City, the Region and AMO.

“If a Municipality has an Official Plan,

“If that Official Plan has been approved by the Province of Ontario,

“Therefore, if an application is submitted to the Municipality to place density in any location, other than that identified within the Official Plan, there shall be no right of appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. The decision of Council is final.”

Why this is fair

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Developers retain rights

Councillor Jim Tovey tours the Small Arms building with a City of Mississauga Commissioner [details to follow]. Jaan Pill photo

Prior to April 6, 2015 Sledgehammer Ceremony at Small Arms Building in Mississauga, Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey conducted a tour of the building with Paul Mitcham, City of Mississauga Commissioner of Community Services. Jaan Pill photo

When the Official Plan is opened up for mandatory review, developers and Municipalities may enter into conversations as part of the OP review.

The developer maintains their rights of appeal to the OMB during this process.

Once the OP has been approved by the Province any development proposal reviewed by a Municipal Council will not be subjected to OMB appeals.

Municipalities can control growth appropriately

Once the OP has been approved by the Province of Ontario, the decision of Council is final.
Council will still have the ability to approve applications for increased density and land use changes that, despite the Official Plan, constitute good Planning or further a Municipality’s strategic goals.

It allows Municipalities to financially plan for water and wastewater infrastructure and plant expansions. Although Municipalities can use Development Charges, DC’s do not provide adequate financing for upgrades to water and wastewater capacity or plant expansions.

Residents are reassured their voices have been heard

Residents investing in the OP review can be assured their Municipality will develop according to the vision of the community as expressed in the OP.

On our way from the Small Arms Building to meet Kate Hayes at the Lake Ontario shoreline, we stopped for a discussion about the wooded baffles at the Long Branch Rifle Ranges. In response to a question for a walk attendee, Jim Tovey (holding microphone) noted that the aim is to restore Long Branch Rifle Ranges to a state approaching their original condition. Jaan Pill photo

May 28, 2016 Small Arms Jane’s Walk: On our way from the Small Arms Building to meet Kate Hayes of Credit Valley Conservation at the Lake Ontario shoreline, we stopped for a discussion about the wooden baffles at the Long Branch Rifle Ranges. In response to a question for a walk attendee, Jim Tovey (holding microphone) noted that the aim is to restore the Long Branch Rifle Ranges to a state approaching their original condition. Jaan Pill photo

Communities will no longer worry about having to attend endless OMB hearings once the OP is approved by the Province

It protects communities by allowing the OMB to continue their work for Municipalities that do not have Official Plans, or approved Official Plans.

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Additional posts

Click here for previous posts about the OMB >

Click here for previous posts about Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey >

A related post is entitled:

What do you think is meaningful community consultation?

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Update

A March 29, 2017 City of Mississauga news release is entitled: “City of Mississauga Wins Municipality of the Year Award.”

 

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