Archived Submissions

As the voice of the planning profession, OPPI offers advice and counsel to government. OPPI brings together members with particular expertise to respond to proposed provincial legislation, regulations, guidelines and other initiatives. Submissions prepared over the past two years are available online.

April 01, 2008
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Mertrolinx's Green Papers

Metrolinx is consulting with stakeholders as it develops a Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. OPPI has provided comments on the recently released Green Papers.
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February 02, 2006
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Bill 51, An Act to amend the Planning Act and the Conservation of Land Act and to make related amendments to other Acts

On February 24, 2006, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) provided comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on Bill 51, an Act to amend the Planning Act and the Conservation of Land Act and to make related amendments to other Acts. These comments are the result of input provided by more than 225 OPPI members through a District and email consultation program. OPPI congratulates the government for attempting to strike a balance between community, development interests, and municipal objectives. Bill 51 provides additional tools for community building and should help municipalities gain greater control over their own processes. There are also several issues that OPPI believes need to be addressed by the government before Bill 51 is approved and implemented. The full submission details these issues. OPPI is committed to working with the government as the Bill 51 process evolves.
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February 01, 2006
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Bill 43, An Act to Protect Existing and Future Sources of Drinking Water and to Make Complementary and Other Amendments to Other Acts

On February 3, 2006, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) provided comments to the Ministry of the Environment on Bill 43, An Act to Protect Existing and Future Sources of Drinking Water and to Make Complementary and Other Amendments to Other Acts. These comments built on our earlier comments of August 20, 2004, on the Drinking Water Source Protection Act and April 8, 2004, on the "White Paper on Watershed-based Source Protection." OPPI supports Bill 43 and believes it addresses the recommendations of the Walkerton Inquiry on source water protection. The OPPI submission focuses on the relationship between the Planning Act and Bill 43. It is difficult to understand this relationship and OPPI recommends additional clarification.
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January 02, 2006
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Places to Grow: Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

On January 25, 2006, OPPI submitted comments to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal on the Places to Grow: Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. OPPI supports strong policies and mechanisms to direct anticipated growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). OPPI continues to be impressed by and supportive of the extent and breadth of the amendments proposed by the Province of Ontario through Places to Grow and Bill 51 initiatives. We commend the Province for the substantial work undertaken and its extensive consultation efforts. The dedication and hard work of the PIR and MMAH staff are apparent in the revisions to these initiatives. OPPI solicited comments on the Proposed Growth Plan of November 2005 from our members through our Policy Committee and have summarized these comments in the submission.
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January 01, 2006
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Proposed changes to Minimum Distance Separation (MDS)

On January 27, 2006, OPPI submitted a response to the Province on proposed changes to Minimum Distance Separation (MDS). These comments were prepared by the Agriculture and Rural Working Group of the Policy Development Committee, which consists of Registered Professional Planners from the southwest, central and eastern parts of Ontario. The usefulness of Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) in rural Ontario is evidenced by the widespread inclusion of MDS in official plans and zoning by-laws across Ontario, especially in areas of intensive livestock farming. OPPI supports the government's proposal to update and clarify the MDS.
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April 02, 2005
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Bill 136, Places to Grow Act, 2005

On April 20, 2005, OPPI representatives appeared before the Standing Committee on General Government and gave comments on Bill 136. The Committee hearings were held following Second Reading of the Bill. (For more information on how a Bill becomes law, please go to: www.ontla.on.ca/documents/bills)
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February 02, 2005
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Bill 135, Greenbelt Act, 2004

On February 3, 2005 OPPI representatives appeared before the Standing Committee on General Government and gave comments on Bill 135. The Committee hearings were held following Second Reading of the Bill. (For more information on how a Bill becomes law, please go to: www.ontla.on.ca/documents/bills)
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September 01, 2004
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Bill 26, An Act to Amend the Planning Act Deputation to the Standing Committee on General Government.

On September 20, 2004 OPPI representatives appeared before the Standing Committee on General Government and gave comments on Bill 26. The Committee hearings were held following Second Reading of the Bill. (For more information on how a Bill becomes law, please go to: www.ontla.on.ca/documents/bills) The deputation focused on three key areas of interest: Importance of the Provincial Policy Statement The Need for Definitions Declaration of Provincial Interest Local Autonomy
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May 01, 2004
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Bill 27, An Act to Establish a Greenbelt Study Area and to amend the Oak Ridges Moraine Deputation to the Standing Committee on General Government

On May 17, 2004 OPPI representatives appeared before the Standing Committee on General Government and gave comments on Bill 27. The Committee hearings were held following Second Reading of the Bill. (For more information on how a Bill becomes law, please go to: www.ontla.on.ca/documents/bills) The deputation focused on three key areas of interest: Importance of the Provincial Policy Statement The Need for Definitions Effective Growth Management
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March 01, 2004
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Council Approves Key Findings - Strong Communities Act (Bill 26) and Greenbelt Protection Act (Bill 27)

Council recently approved a submission entitled ‘Statement of Key Findings'. Six key points are addressed: Importance of Provincial Policy Statement Review (General Comments) The Need for Definitions (Bill 26 and Bill 27) Declaration of Provincial Interest (Bill 26) Local Autonomy (Bill 26) Effective Growth Management (Bill 27) OMB Reforms (General Comments)
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