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The Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 makes transformative changes to the land use planning and appeal system, including:

  • creating the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to replace the Ontario Municipal Board
  • establishing a Local Planning Appeal Support Centre to provide legal and planning help to Ontarians who want to participate in the tribunal processes
  • supporting clearer and more timely decision making
  • reducing the ability of the tribunal to overturn municipal decisions that adhere to the municipal official plans, provincial plans, and the Provincial Policy Statement
  • giving municipal elected officials greater control over local planning, resulting in fewer decisions being appealed

These changes are in response to the province-wide consultation the government undertook through the Ontario Municipal Board Review.

The changes to the land use planning and appeal system will come into force on a date to be named by proclamation. A new regulation under the Planning Act is proposed to ensure that there are rules dealing with the transition between the old system and the new system.

Give us your feedback on proposed regulatory changes

Some of the land use planning and appeal system reforms require amendments to existing regulations and new regulations to implement. This includes changes to existing Planning Act regulations.

How to participate

There are 3 proposals that you can give us your feedback on. You can comment on:

  1. proposed amendments to matters included in existing regulations under the Planning Act
  2. proposed new regulation under the Planning Act to prescribe transitional provisions for the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017
  3. proposed new regulations under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017

All input received during the consultation period will be carefully considered before any new or revised regulations are finalized.

Previous consultations on Bill 139

We invited you to provide input on the land use planning and appeal system reforms proposed in Bill 139 from May 31, 2017 until September 1, 2017. 

Read the Environmental Registry posting for the previous consultation.