Mayor urges public to turn out for Town Hall on OMB reform

Thu, 27 Oct 2016

Mayor Rob Burton is calling on residents to attend a public meeting on reforming the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), to ensure concerns over its fairness and effectiveness are heard by the Province.

After announcing a number of proposed changes to the OMB, the provincial government is invited Oakville residents to share their views at a public meeting in Town Hall on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

“For years now Oakville residents and community leaders have expressed their frustration with the unfair, arbitrary decision-making of the OMB” said Mayor Burton. “Now the Province is considering serious changes to the board, and it is critical that everyday residents have their voices heard.”

A number of ongoing appeals and applications in Oakville are currently before the OMB, including disputes regarding the future of Glen Abbey and the Saw-Whet Lands.

The OMB has faced widespread criticism for applying its own arbitrary decision-making above preexisting municipal and provincial policies. A key reform being proposed would require the OMB to only overturn a planning decision if that decision fails to abide by local or provincial policies.

“Councils dedicate enormous time and taxpayer resources designing policies that work for our residents and abide by provincial law,” said Mayor Burton. “This is an opportunity to assure those policies – and the communities they support – are respected by the OMB.”

Registration and an open house will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The town hall will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to RSVP online, by email to OMBReview@ontario.ca or by phone at 416-585-6014.