Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

Land Use Planning and Appeal System (Workshop)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 @ 6-9:30pm.  The Ontario government is holding a Land Use Planning and Appeal system workshop in Mississauga.  The workshop is part of the government’s review of how cities and towns plan for development, and it’s OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  The workshop is at the Radisson Plaza, Mississauga Toronto Airport at 175 Derry Road East.  Registration starts at 5 p.m.

Click for more info and to REGISTER (WEBSITE).

Minister's ROUNDTABLE on OMB Reform

On October 1, 2012, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Kathleen Wynne wrote to the participants of the Roundtable on OMB Reform (June 19, 2012) and provided a summary of the meeting notes, the flipcharts and the group discussions.  The Town of Port Credit Association (TOPCA) was represented at the Roundtable.

See TOPCA OMB webpage for further background, presentations, etc.

View the Letter: October 1, 2012 (1p PDF) from MAH Minister Kathleen Wynne.

View the Summary document (9p PDF).  The strong consensus of the
June 19 meeting supports reform of Ontario's land use planning system (including the OMB).

NOTE: TOPCA followed up with the Minister in a Letter: July 17, 2012 (4p PDF) which summarizes the discussion and outcomes of the Roundtable meeting, including Key Themes and the Proposed Solution by meeting participants, as endorsed by the TOPCA Executive.

Mississauga Council Resolution

On June 22, 2011, Mississauga Council unanimously passed Resolution 0172-2011 that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing be requested to amend the Ontario Planning Act to abolish the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and to provide that decisions of municipal councils are only appealable to the courts on questions of law. 

The Resolution further requests that appeals of decisions of the Committee of Adjustment be appealable to municipal councils and that municipalities be authorized to conduct hearings on such appeals through a Committee of Council, if deemed appropriate to do so by the municipality.

MPP Charles Sousa Statements

Statement on the OMB by Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa (August 22, 2011) -- Excerpt: "Many residents have shared with me their concerns about the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and some of their recent decisions that affect our local community.  Some have even called for the OMB to be abolished and for zoning appeals to become the jurisdiction of the divisional courts. ... The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an arms-length, quasi judicial body that has been a component of the planning system in Ontario since 1897. It’s where Ontarians can go to challenge a municipal or provincial planning decision at little or no cost. OMB decisions are not final, however. All decisions can be appealed to divisional court."

REFORM OF THE ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD:  Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa made a long-awaited announcement at the THREE VILLAGES meeting on May 7, 2012, as reported:

Mississauga News article (May 8, 2012): OMB reform in months, not years: Sousa.  Excerpt: "Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decisions that go against City of Mississauga plans and the vision of residents will soon be a thing of the past, Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa told a packed house last night at the Port Credit Legion.  Speaking at the Three Villages Public Meeting, hosted by residents groups from Clarkson, Port Credit and Lakeview in the continuing fight to keep the Lakeshore Corridor free from what they view as inappropriate development, he said it's essential to rein in the OMB, and 'that will happen in months, not years.'"