Bill 73 Passes Third Reading

Bill 73, the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act passed third reading today and will now enter into law. The bill amends both the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act, and is meant to give residents a greater say in planning decisions and open up more opportunities for municipalities to fund services.

According to MMAH Bill 73 will:

Help municipalities recover more money to pay for transit services and waste diversion

Give residents a meaningful say in how their communities grow by requiring municipalities to look at opportunities to better involve residents in the planning process for new developments and enhancing a planning tool that will be developed with resident and stakeholder input

Promote and protect green spaces by encouraging more municipalities to develop plans that help determine the need for parkland in the municipality

Help municipalities resolve potential planning disputes earlier at the local level, such as through alternative dispute resolution, to reduce the involvement of the Ontario Municipal Board in local disputes 

Make the planning and appeals process more predictable by extending the review of new municipal official plans – plans that lay out how municipalities will grow and develop – to 10 years, instead of five

Make the development charges system – a system for municipalities to help cover the costs necessary for growth from developers – more predictable, transparent and accountable by creating clearer reporting requirements for capital projects that municipalities are financing through development charges

Make the collection and use of money paid by developers for higher and denser developments, as well as for parkland, more transparent and accountable

For more:

Bill 73, the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act

MMAH Backgrounder: Changes to the Development Charges Act and Planning Act

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2 thoughts on “Bill 73 Passes Third Reading

  1. Exciting new legislation. Can you advise if it possible to recieve a strikeout version of the Planning Act including Bill 73? Will there be any related workshops conducted by Ministry staff.

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    1. Hi Ross,

      We haven’t seen a version of the Planning Act with strikeouts and amendments, but you can find a version of the Bill 73, as amended by committee, here:

      http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/bills-files/41_Parliament/Session1/b073rep.pdf

      I would recommend you connect with Ken Petersen (Ken.Petersen@ontario.ca) from MMAH’s Provincial Planning Policy Branch—he was one of the people leading this file. He would likely be able to provide you with a marked-up version of the Planning Act (if they have one), and answer your questions about potential training the Ministry might be considering.

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