Ontario Votes Tribunal Over Board

Ontario has voted to replace the Ontario Municipal Board with a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

It’s part of the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act 2017.

The goal is to help make the appeal process faster, fairer and more affordable.

The new legislation also creates a Local Planning Appeal Support Centre, which will provide people across the province with information about the land use planning appeal process, legal and planning advice, and, in certain cases, may provide legal representation in proceedings before the tribunal.

The act will also modernize the Conservation Authorities Act, guiding the conservation of Ontario’s watersheds.

The legislation clarifies the roles and responsibilities of conservation authorities and strengthens oversight and accountability.

The changes are supposed to enable conservation authorities to have the flexibility to address growing environmental pressures such as climate change.