Mar 10 2015

Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 Proposes Changes to the Ontario Development Charges Act and the Planning Act.

By Art Linton 2015/03/10

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On March 5th, Bill 73 proposing changes to the Development Charges Act and the Planning Act passed first reading before the Ontario legislature without debate.  The Honourable Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, told the legislature:

If passed, the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act would give residents a greater, more meaningful say in how their communities grow and would provide more opportunities to fund growth-related infrastructure like transit and recycling through the development charges system.”

The proposed changes to the Development Charges Act include:

  • Transit services are added to the list of services for which no reduction of capital costs is required in determining development charges.
  • The contents of the treasurer’s financial statement under section 43 are expanded to include additional details on the use of funds.

The proposed changes to the Planning Act include:

  • Global appeals of new official plans are not permitted
  • The current requirement that a municipality revise its official plan every 5 years to ensure it aligns with provincial plans and policy statements is revised to adjust the requirement to 10 years after the plan comes into force and every 5 years thereafter.
  • An existing requirement to revise the plan in relation to policies dealing with areas of employment is removed.

See the full text of proposed Bill 73 here:
http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/bills-files/41_Parliament/Session1/b073.pdf

Art Linton is a lawyer in the Municipal, Land Use & Development Law Group at Sorbara, Schumacher, and McCann LLP, one of the largest and most respected regional firms in Ontario.

* * This article is intended only to inform and educate. It is not legal advice.  Be sure to contact a lawyer to obtain legal advice on any specific matter.

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