I understand that this act will result in decisions that impact my neighbourhood, without any consultation. Decisions could be independent of the municipalities and neighbourhoods affected instead of reviewing appeals in the context of existing municipal plans and provincial planning policies.
As well, the cap on all community-related development charges is not in the best interest of residents. Parkland Dedication requirements, known as Section 42 funds, and funds to enhance local infrastructure would also be included in the total capped amount. This change would severely limit the City's ability to negotiate community benefits before approving an application.
Finally, reducing the time planners have to review applications and report to City Council will ultimately allow applicants the ability to appeal to the more developer-friendly LPAT system much earlier in the process, thereby circumventing the City's rigorous development review process.
In summary, the proposed bill should absolutely NOT be passed.
Submitted May 3, 2019 10:27 PM