Proposed Extension of Municipal GO Transit Development Charge By-Laws & Municipal Contributions Allocation Formula

Under Reg. 528/06 of the Metrolinx Act 2006, the proposal extends the expiry date of the current municipal development charge by-laws for GO Transit’s growth and expansion capital costs enabled by this Regulation for another three years, until December 31, 2019.  In addition, Under Reg. 446/04 of the Metrolinx Act, 2006, the proposal extends the expiry date of the apportionment formula in this Regulation for another three years, until December 31, 2019.

Any comments should be submitted prior to the November 25th, 2016 deadline.

14 Bills Passed During Fall Session

The Ontario legislature passed 14 bills during its fall sitting, which ended yesterday. They include:

Bill 9 – Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2015

Bill 37 – Invasive Species Act, 2015

Bill 52 – Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015

Bill 66 – Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015

Bill 73 – Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015

Bill 85 – Strengthening and Improving Government Act, 2015

Bill 106 – Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015

Bill 109 – Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015

Bill 112 – Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act, 2015

Bill 113 – Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015

Bill 115 – Electoral Boundaries Act, 2015

Bill 122 – Mental Health Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015

Bill 144 – Budget Measures Act, 2015

Bill 153 – Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act, 2015

Bills Introduced but Not Passed:

Bill 119 – Health Information Protection Act, 2015

Bill 132 – Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, 2015

Bill 135 – Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015

Bill 151 – Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2015

Bill 155 – Mining Amendment Act, 2015

Bill 156 – Alternative Financial Services Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015

Fore more:

Government of Ontario Backgrounder: 14 Bills Passed and 6 Additional Bills Introduced During Fall Sitting 

Golden Horseshoe/Greenbelt Advisory Panel Report Released

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released the report of an Advisory Panel, chaired by David Crombie, that was tasked with developing recommendations as part of a coordinated review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Golden Horseshoe, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and the Niagara Escarpment Plan. In the report, which contains 87 recommendations, the Panel warns that the government needs to take action to curb urban sprawl, promote greater density, improve public transit, and preserve farm land. Building sprawling subdivisions along highways, which has been Southern Ontario’s traditional way of handling rapid growth, is no longer an option.

According to the Advisory Panel, there is

…an urgent need to strengthen the four plans and to support them with a wide range of complementary actions. The plans provide a strong foundation but we must step up our effort to curb sprawl, build complete communities, growth the Greenbelt, support agriculture and address traffic congestion. We owe it to current and future generations to ensure that GGH supports healthy lifestyles, a high quality of life, a sustainable environment and a prosperous economy.

For more:

Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015-2041–Recommendations of the Advisory Panel on the Coordinated Review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan 

MMAH: Coordinated Land Use Planning Review 

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