New Regulation under the Planning Act for open-for-business planning tool

ERO number
013-4239
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
December 6, 2018 - January 20, 2019 (45 days) Closed

This consultation was open from:

December 6, 2018
to January 20, 2019

Proposal summary

The government is proposing to make changes to the Planning Act to create a new economic development tool, the open-for-business planning by-law. The tool would be available to all local municipalities, if certain prescribed criteria are met, to ensure they can act quickly to attract businesses seeking development sites.

Proposal details

Description of Regulation

The government is proposing to make changes to the Planning Act to create a new economic development tool, the open-for-business planning by-law. The tool would be available to all local municipalities, if certain prescribed criteria are met, to ensure they can act quickly to attract businesses seeking development sites.

A municipality’s request to use an open-for-business planning by-law would need to be accompanied by information that would be prescribed in a proposed new regulation, such as a description of the subject lands, land use planning information, and open-for-business information, including details about the proposed employment opportunity.

The proposed regulation would also:

  • require confirmation that the proposal is for a new major employment use;
  • require evidence that the proposal would meet a minimum job creation threshold (e.g. 50 jobs for municipalities with a population of less than 250,000 people, or 100 jobs for municipalities with a population of more than 250,000 people);
  • identify the uses of land, buildings or structures that may be authorized by the tool, such as manufacturing and research and development, but not residential, commercial or retail as the primary use;
  • prescribe how notice is to be given to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing following the passing of an open-for-business by-law (similar to how the Minister is notified following the passing of a zoning by-law – e.g. email and personal service).

The purpose of the proposed regulation is to facilitate implementation of the proposed open-for-business planning by-law.

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Provincial Planning Policy Branch
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Toronto ON M5G 2E5
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The comment period was from December 6, 2018
to January 20, 2019

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