A May 16, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Province plans to overhaul OMB and give more power to cities and citizens: Reformed appeals body to be renamed Local Planning Appeals Tribunal; will provide legal representation to residents for free.
Previous OMB-related posts include (among others):
The following May 31, 2017 message is from Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario:
Proposed Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act
We are pleased to announce that the government introduced the proposed Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 in the legislature. These proposed changes follow extensive public consultations.
Ontario is taking this action in order to overhaul the provincial land use planning appeal system to give communities a stronger voice and ensure people have access to faster, fairer and more affordable hearings.
For more information and background on the bill you may visit: www.ontario.ca/OMBReview
For a copy of the proposed Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, and to monitor the status of the bill through the legislative process, please visit the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website: www.ontla.on.ca
Comments on the proposed bill can be made through the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry at www.ebr.gov.on.ca (EBR Posting Number: 013-0590) or by email to OMBReview@ontario.ca. In addition, the bill proposes amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act which the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is leading – please visit EBR Posting Number: 013-0561.
We look forward to working with you as we move forward on this initiative.
Minister of Municipal Affairs
Attorney General of Ontario
PDF file of new release (English and French)
The news release can also be accessed here (the first file is in English; second file is the French-language version):
In subsequent posts, I will share additional information, that I have picked up here and there, regarding the proposed legislation.