Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015

 

Toronto City Council has undertaken an ongoing initiative to reform aspects of the land-use planning process. As Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee, I've raised several questions related to policies governing infill housing and development in Toronto. In particular, issues surrounding how a Minor Variance should be defined and when it is appropriate have been relevant to local planning decisions in our neighbourhoods.

 

Also among the extensive list of recommendations to the Province is an emphasis on strengthening Toronto's new zoning by-law, and placing limits on appeals to decisions by the Committee of Adjustment and City Council.

 

The Province has responded with numerous proposed amendments to the Planning Act through Bill 73 (presentation), which intend to give municipalities more independence and predictability in community planning and dispute resolution.