Doug Ford's Planning Changes - For the Developers, Not the People
Doug Ford's changes to the Planning Act turn back the clock on good local planning and take away the City's ability to create healthy and livable communities with adequate parkland and community services. These changes will give benefits to developers while doing nothing to make housing more affordable for Torontonians. For our downtown communities that are experiencing infrastructure pressures from rapid intensification, the consequences will be disastrous.
Residents and municipalities across Ontario fought for years to repeal the undemocratic, unelected Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which has consistently approved poor planning despite the objections of neighbours and local governments. The creation of a Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) had begun to change that and now that progress is being stripped away with the Province bringing back the old OMB rules. Everyday residents, who fight tooth-and-nail to be heard by developers, will be completely abandoned. They know this, because they already live in the shade of the poorly planned projects the OMB approved in the past.
When Ford talks about cutting red tape he is talking about plans to cap and reduce the funds that pay for new parks, playgrounds, community spaces, and other needed infrastructure. He even talks of allowing for heritage designations to be overturned. This amounts to selling off our neighbourhoods and making cuts that will effectively starve cities of the funds they need to balance growth with desperately needed community amenities.
If Doug Ford's government was serious about making affordable housing work for people in our city, they would not be completely absent from the National Housing Strategy and missing in action in the development of Toronto's Housing Now 10-year plan. They would be introducing real rent control instead of scrapping it and they would bring in real inclusionary zoning to build new affordable units in all new developments.
Now is the time to mobilize, before this disastrous legislation is introduced. We need to visit, call, and write to the Premier and local Conservative MPPs and tell them to stop this legislation before it is tabled. Public pressure will be critical in fighting back against Doug Ford and local Conservative MPPs' reckless approach to planning in our neighbourhoods.
Please call or email them today and encourage everyone you know to act too.
Premier Doug Ford
Constituency office: 823 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A3
Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Constituency office: Suite 101 - 100 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5J9
Toll Free: 1-800-267-4408
I am committed to working with you to fight these changes.