The OMB/LPAT has played a major role in the poor planning of the City. While the OMB has undergone a name change to LPAT, its Rules and Regulations, processes and people are the virtually same. It is being used to circumvent planning policies and by-laws, often to obtain “behind closed doors” agreements between parties, including the City, that do not comply with the law or good planning, and without the input or knowledge of residents. It is already fully booked for the next 12-months for planning appeals to October 2019.
- Toronto needs to be removed from the jurisdiction of the OMB/LPAT and a new City Planning Commission (CPC) created, comprised of 7 recognized and respected planning experts, including one panelist appointed by the Province. All planning decisions should be delegated by City Council to the CPC panel for professional, unbiased oversight and final decision-making.