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OPPI prepares Calls to Action, Policy Papers and other resources to advance planning that promotes healthy and sustainable communities and, in the public interest, responds to government requests for consultation with Submissions.

Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017
OPPI Wants Your Input!

The Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, would, if passed, make changes to the Planning Act with the intention of giving communities a stronger voice in land use planning. The new Act would create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to replace the Ontario Municipal Board. The proposed changes would also create the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre.

The proposed legislation would also modernize the Conservation Authorities Act to guide the conservation of Ontario’s watersheds. The legislation is intended to strengthen oversight and accountability, provide clarity for conservation authority roles and responsibilities, encourage public engagement and modernize funding mechanisms. These proposed changes are meant to enable conservation authorities to support future provincial priorities and give them the flexibility to address growing environmental pressures.

OPPI will be making a submission to the Province and welcomes and encourages your input by Friday, July 7th. Please send your comments to: submissions@ontarioplanners.ca

EBR Posting Number: 013-0590
Bill can be found here.
Further information and background can be found here.

We want to hear from you!

Ongoing input is welcomed and appreciated! Do you have an idea for a public policy submission? Please send in your suggestions to submissions@ontarioplanners.ca and note the topic that you are writing about in the subject line of your email.

OPPI is the recognized voice of the planning profession. The Planning Issues Strategy Group (PISG) strengthens that voice and expands its reach. The Strategy Group has several Working Groups that it relies upon for input and comments on subject matter areas:
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Working Group
  • Community Design Working Group
  • Environment & Natural Resources Working Group
  • Health & Planning Working Group
  • Municipal Affairs Working Group
  • Transportation Working Group
Working Groups:
  • Provide leadership, advocacy, input and comments on key planning issues.
  • Focus on planning-related legislative changes, guidelines, regulatory initiatives and related policy issues.
  • Maintain a watching brief on the activities of the Ontario Ministries and other government agencies. Work closely with OPPI's other Working Groups on issues of common interest.
  • Upon approval of the Director of Public Affairs, organize meetings, teleconferences, presentations, seminars, roundtables, workshops, charrettes and articles in print/online publications.
  • Serve as a focal point within the Institute for members who have knowledge and expertise in a subject matter area to network and exchange information and ideas. 

Being on one of these working groups is a great way to be involved in the Institute and to give back to your profession. Interested in getting involved? Please send an email to: submissions@ontarioplanners.ca