The Ontario Municipal Board is no more

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For years neighbourhood groups and city councillors complained that the Ontario Municipal Board favored developers, forcing projects that local people didn’t want in their communities.

Now the Wynne government has finally got rid of it and is replacing it with a less-powerful Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

As of Tuesday, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) will be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

The province ran public consultations before making its decision which brought up criticisms of the OMB, relating to its accessibility and how it has overruled decisions by local councils in favour of developers.

LPAT will run a simple legal test of appealed plans, asking whether they follow local guidelines.

If they do, the decision will be upheld, if they don’t it’ll go back to council for reconsideration.

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Many developers are unhappy with this development and fear being made hostage by environmentalist and other community groups and activists who will scuttle any project that is seen to be against their interest regardless of the larger needs of the community. -CINEWS

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