Greenspace Alliance submission on Bill 139-Planning Matters

August 10, 2017

The Greenspace Alliance today sent in its comments on the planning aspects of Bill 139.  The letter is here.  Some highlights:

We strongly support much of this Bill, in particular the end of de novo hearings and the move to a court-of-appeal type regime, the creation of a Support Centre for citizen-appellants and mandatory case management for all appeals.

We strongly oppose, however, the proposed inability to appeal an Official Plan or Comprehensive Official Plan Amendment when the approval authority is the Minister (as is the case for Ottawa).  We also argue that inconsistency or conformity with the Planning Act should be a ground for appeal.

We raise a number of other questions and concerns and conclude that, while most of these reform proposals are welcome, they will not by themselves cure what ails Ontario’s land planning system.  Periodic seeking of local and provincial consensus on what makes for “good planning” — what are the acceptable planning criteria — is the key requirement.

 

Submissions from others:

+ from FCA (Ottawa Federation of Citizens’ Associations)

+ from FoNTRA (Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations – “21 neighbourhoods strong”)

+ from CELA (Canadian Environmental Law Association): cover letter ; brief