AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
New Resource on Updated Land Use Plans
2017-06-26 9:51:08 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) are sharing a presentation on the province's new and updated land use plans. The presentation, which was delivered jointly by OPPI and MMA, provides a broad overview of the new plan...

OMB Releasing New Appeals Forms
2017-06-22 11:07:32 AM

The Ontario Municipal Board is releasing new appeals forms, designed to make it easier for stakeholders to complete and submit the required paperwork to process and respond to an appeal. The specific improvements to the forms include:  A fillable PDF format that will...

Proposed Second Unit Development Charge Exemption
2017-06-19 2:58:02 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is looking for feedback on its proposed regulation for exempting second units in new homes from development charges. According to the proposal the regulation would:    "Prescribe single detached dwellings, semi-detache...

New Report on Regulating Disruptive Technology
2017-05-26 10:54:46 AM

The Mowat Centre has released a new report on how governments can better adapt their regulatory approaches to new disruptive technologies. According to the report: “Governments across the world are scrambling to respond to the arrival of innovative new digital services such...

Government Releases Updated Land Use Plans
2017-05-23 11:15:39 AM

Last week the government released its updated land-use plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region. Updates to the provinces four GGH land use plans (Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation...

Government Releases Proposed OMB Reforms
2017-05-16 11:38:27 AM

Today the Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced its proposed reforms the province’s land use planning appeals system and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The government will introduce new legislation within the next several weeks that would replace the OMB with a new Local...

OPPI Looking for Non-Planning Volunteers
2016-10-24 5:44:13 PM

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) is looking for a non-planner to join its volunteer council. Please see below for a message from OPPI: Call for Applications- OPPI Council Public Member Position OPPI is seeking a non-planner to become a member of its volunt...

OMB Consultation Details Released
2016-10-13 9:22:26 PM

Last week the government released the details of consultations it will conduct as part of its review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which was announced in June. The review is one of the government's key priorities, having been listed in the Minister of Municipal Affairs...

Canadian Urban Institute Releases New Site Alteration By-Law Language Tool
2016-10-07 12:56:41 PM

The Canadian Urban Institute’s site alteration by-law language tool was launched on September 28, 2016. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) funded development of this interactive, online tool to help build the capacity for municipalities to use site alteration by-laws to ...

Applications Open for the Places to Grow Implementation Fund
2016-08-29 2:51:18 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is now accepting applications for the Places to Grow Implementation Fund, which is intended to fund projects that support the goals of the province's growth plans. Specifically, the grants are designed for projects that: Increase knowledge...

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