Proposed Revocation of the Parkway Belt West Plan

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Ontario Planning and Development Act, 1994
Summary of Proposal:
Everyone in Ontario should be able to find a home that is right for them. But too many people are struggling with the rising cost of living and with finding housing that meets their family's needs.

Ontario's housing supply crisis is a problem which has been decades in the making. It will take both short-term strategies and long-term commitment from all levels of government, the private sector, and not-for-profits to drive change. Each entity will have to do their part to be part of the solution to this crisis.

Ontario needs more housing, and we need it now. That's why the Ontario government is taking bold and transformative action to get 1.5 million homes built over the next 10 years.

To support More Homes Built Faster: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan: 2022-2023, the government introduced the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, which, if passed, would ensure that cities, towns, and rural communities grow with a mix of ownership and rental housing types that meet the needs of all Ontarians. These visionary changes will place Ontario at the forefront of housing policy in North America.

These changes are providing a solid foundation to address Ontario's housing supply crisis over the long term and will be supplemented by continued action in the future.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is seeking feedback on a proposal to revoke the Parkway Belt West Plan, 1978, (the "Plan") to support the government's commitment to streamline, reduce, and eliminate burdens and to potentially increase housing supply.

Under subsection 4(8) of the Ontario Planning and Development Act, 1994, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing may, with the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, by order, revoke the plan.


The Parkway Belt West Plan is Ontario's first provincial land use plan, originally created in 1978 by Order-in-Council under the authority of the Parkway Belt Planning and Development Act, 1978. The Plan is now under the jurisdiction of the Onta
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The anticipated regulatory impacts of the proposal are positive. The proposed revocation of this 1978 Plan is intended to provide greater certainty and clarity on regulatory requirements for the lands subject to the PBWP. Stakeholders (e.g., infrastructure agencies, landowners) would no longer have to apply for Plan amendments ($6,737 each) to permit uses or remove lands from the Plan. Eliminating the Plan would reduce regulatory and financial burdens by removing the usual need for amendments to this outdated Plan that are administered by MMAH, while making processes more predictable across the fourteen impacted municipalities. While there are no new administrative costs associated with this proposal, municipalities may experience some minor administrative costs resulting from the need to update their official plans to remove references to Plan mapping and policies that would no longer exist and may need to fill if there are policy gaps.
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Posting Date:
October 25, 2022
Comments Due Date:
December 30, 2022