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Comments from David Godley regarding OMB

The following message is from David Godley, a resident of Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey): Thank you for inviting comment on the Ontario planning system in which I have been involved as a planner since 1974. These comments are mainly on predictability, transparency and accountability and citizen engagement. They are from the Toronto neighbourhood […]


Settlement reached regarding City of Toronto Official Plan Amendment (OPA) 320 – You can access text and PDF at this post

I subscribe to the Toronto Edition of the Novae Res Urbis (NRU) newsletter. That’s how I learned about the settlement, that is the topic of the current post. A subscription to the NRU newsletter is tremendously valuable for any person seeking to keep track of land-use planning issues in Toronto. I make a point of […]


Sixth Stop: Parking Lot where Long Branch Park Tennis Court stood at Thirty Third St.: May 5, 2018 “Evolution of Long Branch Park” Jane’s Walk

We have learned from Bill Rawson, who for many years ran a used furniture store on Lake Shore Blvd. West, that a tennis court was located where a parking lot for an apartment building on Thirty Third St. is now located. The tennis court was a feature of Long Branch Park for many years. From […]


Proclamation of the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 changes to the land use planning and appeal system

Click here for previous posts regarding OMB Review > Click here for previous posts about OMB Reform > A recent message from the Agency and Tribunal Relations Branch Ministry of the Attorney General reads: We are writing to provide an update on the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, which was passed by […]


Key considerations when preparing for a Committee of Adjustment or similar presentation

From time to time, I get inquiries from residents in communities outside of Long Branch – sometimes quite a distance from this community, in fact – asking for advice regarding Committee of Adjustment presentations. I always seek to reply at once, linking up inquirers with other residents in Long Branch, as there are many people […]


Ministry of Municipal Affairs News Release: Ontario Passes Legislation to Build Better Communities and Conserve Watersheds

Ontario Passes Legislation to Build Better Communities and Conserve Watersheds Ontario Overhauling the Land Use Planning Appeal System and Strengthening Conservation December 12, 2017 12:20 P.M.   Today, Ontario passed legislation that will give communities a stronger voice in land use planning and better preserve our natural environment. The Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds […]


One feels a sense of hope that Bill 139 will reduce cynicism of citizens with regard to land-use planning in Ontario

I have taken a previous text, related to the Long Branch Character Guidelines project, and have repurposed it for my comments regarding Bill 139 , which is concerned with reform of the Ontario Municipal Board. I have sent the comments to Jocelyn McCauley at At a previous post, I noted the deadline for comments […]