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ERO-019-8369 – Proposed Bill 185, Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, 2024

Vermilion River – Our grandchildren’s future with water!

The ORA is strongly opposed to the proposal to remove the public’s appeal rights for the adoption or amendment of Official Plans and Zoning By-Laws to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT). These amendments are unfair as they undermine the public’s right to appeal local land-use decisions and deny access to justice. The public’s right to appeal has been a long-standing feature of the Planning Act, and there is no persuasive evidence-based reason by this government to revoke this important right. It is consequential when a municipality approves a project that would be environmentally damaging to a property owner or may cause public health issues to the local community, the public would no longer be able to challenge the municipality’s decision at the OLT.