Legislative Corner

Ontario's land use planning legislation is changing - are you ready?

Ontario’s land use planning legislation is changing with great impact to the jobs you do. OPPI wants to help you in your understanding of the changes that are occurring.

We are providing links to legislation that has passed, along with an summaries of the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 (Bill 139) developed by various legal firms for your consideration. In the next section, you will find the regulations that the Province of Ontario is seeking input on.

In order to help you do the necessary consultation and facilitate conversation, we are looking to you, our RPPs, to guide us on how we can better facilitate this conversation and consultation in your roles.

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Webinar

Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) would like to invite members to join them for a webinar on the changes taking place as a result of the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017. There will be three sessions (please note the same presentation will be made during each session):

  • Webinar 1: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (2:00pm - 5:00pm)
  • Webinar 2: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)
  • Webinar 3: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Topics will include:
  • Key elements of LPAT's function in the Ontario planning process
  • Rules changes: LPAT and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act
  • Filing an LPAT appeal - what's the same and what's new?
Presentations will be available for download on the ELTO website before the webinars take place. There is no fee for this webinar; however, you must sign up ahead of time to join in. To sign up for the webinar and for full details, please visit their Eventbrite page

If you have any questions on the webinar, please feel free to contact the ELTO Citizen Liaison Office by email at ELTO.CLO@ontario.ca

Toronto Local Appeal Body Public Consultation Notice

The Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) is inviting members to provide comments on the review of their Rules of Practice and Procedures and related documents. There will be an opportunity to make public submissions. The TLAB would like to hear submissions related to any rule, practice direction, form or their public guide. Presentation submissions must be received by the TLAB no later than Friday, April 6, 2018

The public consultation will take place on Wednesday, April 18 from 2:00pm to 5:30pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Council Chambers at Scarborough Civic Centre. For more information on this process, please visit TLAB's website at toronto.ca/tlab or email at tlab@toronto.ca

Public Consultation Notice

Planning Act regulations coming into effect!

Updated Planning Act regulations will come into effect on April 3, 2018. These regulations are related to the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 and will facilitate implementation of changes to the land use planning and appeal system by:

  • Requiring explanations of how planning proposals are consistent/conform with provincial and local policies and clarify requirements for municipal notices
  • Making technical changes, such as changing references from Ontario Municipal Board to Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, and amending cross-references
  • Establishing new transition provisions to set out rules for planning matters in process at the time of proclamation.

Members can view copies of the amending Planning Act regulations below:

If members have any questions about the changes to the land use planning and appeal system, including the Planning Act regulatory changes, please email OMBReview@ontario.ca

What are some of your successful practices?

We want to take this opportunity to promote successful practices among members in their local communities - do you have an example of a successful practice in your community or practice that you would be willing to share?
If you have an example you are willing to share, please let us know (along with a brief description about what the practice is and why it is a successful practice) by emailing us at submissions@ontarioplanners.ca.
Here's an example from Huron County:

Huron County - Healthy Rural Lens Worksheet: This is a tool to help you make good decisions about programs and policies that will impact people, the economy and the environment. The Healthy Rural Lens Worksheet is comprised of three parts. On the left side is a list of indicators for success. On the right side are questions to help consider other important factors such as time, money and long-term impact. In the centre is a circle diagram. Use your thoughts on these ideas from each list to assess if the program or policy you want to implement would have a positive, neutral or negative impact. The resulting picture should help you see how impactful the action will be on the community.

Calling all RPPs!

The Ontario Government is updating legislative regulations related to the planning profession, and they need your feedback.

Many of the regulations being reviewed and open for comment directly impact the work you do each day. It is vital for Queen’s Park to hear from you, the Registered Planning Professional community, to better inform decision-makers and make a continued effort to provide the knowledge, expertise and skill you offer.

Below are links to the regulations related to the legislation listed above that will have an impact to the planning profession moving forward, and that are open for public comment. Members are being asked to provide their feedback directly to each related Ministry on the legislation you would like to comment on.

Please see the specific legislation and regulations for review, and the deadline to submit your input.

Legislative Regulations Deadline to submit input

North Spirit Lake First Nation Community Based Land Use Plan

March 16, 2018

Proposed modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement the proposed methodology for land needs assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

March 29, 2018

Weenusk First Nation Community Based Land Use Plan

March 30, 2018

Watershed Planning Guidance

April 7, 2018

Updating the Part II Order request process under the Environmental Assessment Act

April 13, 2018

Improving the Environmental Registry of Ontario

April 27, 2018

OPPI's Planning Issues Strategy Group

OPPI has a number of Standing Committees and Strategy Groups that guides and consults OPPI throughout the year. One of these Strategy Groups is the Planning Issues Strategy Group.

This group strengthens the voice of OPPI by scanning the planning profession and helps identify relevant planning issues that OPPI should focus on and to help inform choices and inspire communities. We are interested in hearing from you about the important issues within the planning profession!

Please send in your suggestions to submissions@ontarioplanners.ca and let us know of the topic you are writing about in the subject line of your email. If you choose to provide comment on any of the regulations noted above, please include your RPP designation in your signature and share your responses with us through the submissions@ontarioplanners.ca email address.