Planning Act

• Two small but significant Planning Act changes are needed: 1) The Official Plan should be required to provide population densities and land-use intensities which would provide guidance for site-specific re-zonings; and 2) Site-specific amendments should be eliminated to maintain the validity of public policy in between the mandatory comprehensive Official Plan updates every five […]

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May 29, 2015 VIA E-MAIL: minister.mah@ontario.ca Hon. Ted McMeekin Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Government of Ontario 777 Bay Street, 17th Floor Toronto Ontario M5G 2E5 Bill 73: Smart Growth For Our Communities Act, 2015 Dear Minister McMeekin: The Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (FoNTRA) is an umbrella organization currently representing 32 residents’ […]

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Re: Planning Reform and Council’s Request to Remove Toronto From the Jurisdiction of the OMB Dear Minister Jeffrey, On behalf of the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (FoNTRA), we wish to provide you with our key recommendations with respect to provincial planning reform. These recommendations were included in a February 29, 2012 letter to […]

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City building is about having a vision and sticking to it, not giving in JOHN SEWELL August 2012 Did you hear about the development application that the city planners and council turned down because it didn’t meet the city plan? No, I didn’t think you did. In Toronto, planning doesn’t work that way. Instead, the […]

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Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario Main Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A1A1 Tim Hudak, M.P.P. Leader of the Opposition, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Main Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A1A1 Andrea Horwath, M.P.P. Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party Main Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A1A1 In anticipation of the provincial […]

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Planning Reform / Ontario Municipal Board 1. Issue: Municipal Official Plans are frequently subject to amendment, even though they are provincially approved. FoNTRA has proposed two Planning Act changes to improve the stability of Official Plans: 1) the Official Plan should be required to provide population densities and land-use intensities which would provide guidance for […]

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