The Ontario government says it is undertaking a comprehensive review of how the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) operates and its role in the province’s land-use planning system and says it is seeking public input into the proposed changes.
As part of the review, the government is consulting the public on possible changes to the OMB that it says, if adopted, would:
- Allow for more meaningful and affordable public participation;
- Give more weight to local and provincial decisions and support alternative ways to settle disputes;
- Bring fewer municipal and provincial decisions to the OMB; and
- Support clearer and more predictable decision making,
“The changes under consideration would improve everyday life for Ontarians by providing easier public access to information about the OMB and its processes through an expanded Citizen Liaison Office,” a news release says. “The proposed changes would also better specify what can be appealed to the OMB, as well as the mechanisms through which the OMB hears these appeals.”
Ontarians wishing to participate in the consultation may submit comments online or in person at one of the town hall meetings being held across the province this fall.
The deadline for public comments is Dec. 19.