The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is a quasi-judicial board responsible for hearing land use planning appeals. The last several years have seen this unelected body criticized for usurping the decisions of municipalities, being developer friendly and not being consciousness of community needs.
Three experts break down this important topic:
- Mitchell Kosny, a Registered Professional Planner and Associate Director and Professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University.
- Paul Stagl, a Registered Professional Planner and President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Council.
- Aaron Moore, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg, and Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
For more perspectives on proposed reforms to the OMB, see statements by the Building Industry and Land Development Association and by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association.