3.06.2014

Ontario Municipal Board reform still polarizing

By Daniel Viola Canadian Property Management



Any talk of Ontario Municipal Board reform tends to be in extremes. Parties either describe it as the last line of defence against rampant NIMBYism and pandering politicians, or as an authoritarian, developer-friendly body bent on tearing down the decisions of democratically elected officials.
So it was surprising that the whole ‘us-versus-them’ mentality was largely absent from a round table discussion surrounding the topic on Feb. 25 at Ryerson University. But while the experts were able to have a frank and constructive discussion concerning the OMB, there was no consensus on what changes are necessary moving forward.

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