Regulation - Minister

Regulations under the Planning Act Regarding Municipal Empowerment - Northern

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 525/97 (Exemption from Approval (Official Plan Amendments))
O. Reg. 353/02 (Approval Authority - Plans of Subdivision)
Bill or Act:
Planning Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing to amend regulations under the Planning Act to empower certain municipalities in relation to two areas of land use planning authority:

1) Exemption from Approval - Official Plan Amendments

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 525/97 (Exemption from Approval - Official Plan Amendments) under the Planning Act in order to exempt certain municipalities from the requirement to obtain the Minister's approval of official plan amendments.

The proposed amendment would identify the following 16 municipalities which have up-to-date official plans, or are within a board that has an up-to-date official plan, as being exempt from the requirement to obtain the Minister's approval of their official plan amendments:

-Township of The Archipelago
-Township of Armour
-Township of Assiginack
-Township of Billings
-Township of Burpee and Mills
-Municipality of Central Manitoulin
-Township of Cockburn Island
-Municipality of Gordon/Barrie Island
-Township of Gore Bay
-Township of Hearst
-Township of Mattice-Val Coté
-Township of Nipissing
-Township of O'Connor
-Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge
-Town of Spanish
-Township of Tehkummah

It is proposed that the regulation would exempt from the Minister's approval official plan amendments of the identified municipalities commenced on or after January 1, 2020.

2) Approval Authority - Plans of Subdivision

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 353/02 (Approval Authority - Plans of Subdivision) under the Planning Act in order to make The Town of Spanish the approval authority under sections 51 and 51.1 of the Act. This would have the effect of giving the council of the Town of Spanish the power to approve subdivision and condominium applications within their geography.

It is proposed that the regulation would provide approval authority for plans of subdivision/condominium for the Town of Spanish on or after January 1, 2020.

Purpose of Regulations:
The Province is committed to a sound, efficient and effective planning system that enhances local autonomy and streamlines decision-making on planning applications.

The proposed regulations would empower the relevant councils as the planning authorities for official plan amendment applications and plan of subdivision/condominium applications within their municipalities.

Other Information:
This initiative reinforces MMAH's commitment to ensuring that decisions are made at the local level by municipalities that have up-to-date official plans consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) 2014.16
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
19-MMAH012
Posting Date:
November 1, 2019
Comments Due Date:
December 16, 2019
Contact Address:
Victoria Kosny
Manager, Community Planning and Development
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Municipal Services Office - North (Thunder Bay)
Suite 223, 435 James St S
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 6S7