Make Your Voice Heard: Ford Government Hands Over Planning Process To Development Industry Lobbyists – Message from Josh Matlow
Thursday, May 2, 2019
After many years of advocating alongside my colleague, Kristyn Wong-Tam and local residents’ associations, we were finally successful in convincing the provincial government to free Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in late 2017. The Doug Ford government has now announced the More Homes, More Choice Act: a return of developer-friendly OMB rules, and a handover of the planning process to the development industry & their lobbyists.
We are still learning details about the legislation, but we know it will have a wide ranging impact on everything from the environment, recreation, public space, neighbourhood stability and more. We cannot allow an unaccountable and unelected body to once again determine local planning decisions. Together, we must take a strong stand against planning process that makes our city and neighbouring municipalities less affordable for residents and have a negative impact on their daily quality of life.
I have already started organizing to fight this regressive legislation with my colleagues in Toronto, and members of council across the GTHA, along with residents associations from around our region.
Please click here to learn the most up to date details about Ford’s plan, and to learn how to contact your provincial representatives. Your voice is necessary to protect our communities.
Please also share the page with friends, families and neighbours so that they can join you in your advocacy.
For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read my previous city hall and community updates.