Free Toronto from the OMB

Today, I was proud to join Councillor Mike Layton to support MPP Cheri DiNovo's bill to Free Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

For too long, the unelected and unaccountable OMB has had final approval over Toronto's growth and development – this has led to decisions that go against the best interests of our communities. It is impossible for the City to manage appropriate neighbourhood growth when developers use the threat of the OMB to circumvent our planning process. Here in Ward 20, we have seen time and again the power of the OMB to approve developments that are strongly opposed by both City Planning staff and the local community.

It is time for the Province to restore planning approval to the City and abolish the OMB.