The government received submissions on this proposal from municipalities, the professional sector, development sector, agricultural sector, and community groups.
In summary, the comments received were generally supportive of the proposed requirement for applicants to submit a public consultation strategy as part of a complete application. A number of comments noted that public consultation strategies would help to increase public engagement in the land use planning process.
In some instances, submissions asked that additional clarity and/or information be provided on what a public consultation strategy should entail, such as the types of elements and level of detail that should be included. Some requests were made for standards to be established to provide more consistency in the scope and level of detail included in public consultation strategies for different types of planning applications and across municipalities.
Some municipalities posed implementation questions, such as how the engagement results would be communicated, and how the new requirement would apply in situations where the Planning Act does not require a public meeting to be held.
Some submissions requested the opportunity to review and provide comments on the final proposed regulations.
All comments received, including the comments from the broader consultation on Bill 73, were carefully considered in the decision-making process on the regulations. As part of this process, the government sought to support enhanced citizen engagement in land use planning, and balance provincial direction on public engagement with local discretion on how to implement it.
Please note that the following notices are related to this posting:
EBR Registry Number: 012-6824: Proposed amendments to matters included in existing regulations under the Planning Act relating to the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73) regarding: Updating relevant notice requirements in relation to official plans (OPs), official plan amendments (OPAs), zoning by-laws (ZBs), zoning by-law amendments (ZBAs), plans of subdivision, minor variances and consents, Modernizing, simplifying and updating the content of notices for publishing in newspapers and posting on properties, Identifying the requirements for the content of a new optional notice that approval authorities can give to establish a 20 day period for appealing a non-decision of an official plan
EBR Registry Number: 012-6825: Proposed amendment to matters included in an existing regulation under the Planning Act relating to the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73) regarding: Adding a requirement to the record that is forwarded to the Ontario Municipal Board following an appeal of a minor variance
EBR Registry Number: 012-6826: Proposed revision of an existing regulation under the Planning Act relating to the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73) regarding: Providing “community planning permit system” as an updated name for the “development permit system”, Putting in place a 5-year timeout for private applications to amend the “community planning permit system” after the system comes into effect, unless the municipality passes a resolution to allow applications during the 5-year period
EBR Registry Number: 012-6827: Proposed new regulation under the Planning Act to prescribe transitional provisions for the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73).