Last week the government released the details of consultations it will conduct as part of its review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which was announced in June. The review is one of the government’s key priorities, having been listed in the Minister of Municipal Affairs’ mandate letter following the 2014 election. According to comments made by Ministers Mauro and Naqvi, the government intends to ensure that the reformed OMB is more efficient, more respectful of local municipal decision-making and hears fewer cases.
The government’s review is organized around five themes:
- The OMB’s jurisdiction and powers
- Citizen participation and respective local perspectives
- Clear and predictable decision-making
- Modernized procedures and faster decision-making
- Alternative dispute resolution and fewer hearings
The government is also hosting a series of public town hall meetings across the province.