Greater Toronto Area West Corridor Project (Highway 413)

September 24, 2019

Hon. Caroline Mulroney, MPP
Minister of Transportation
Government of Ontario

RE: Greater Toronto Area West Corridor Project (Highway 413)

The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods Ontario (FUN) deplores the Ontario government’s recent decision to reactivate the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Greater Toronto Area West Highway Corridor, the study area covering portions of York, Peel and Halton regions, which was suspended in 2015. This project if given the go-ahead, would cost billions of dollars, pave over prime farmland and part of the Greenbelt, increase water pollution and raise emissions that cause climate change.

The Project would represent the start of what is in essence a whole new 400 series highway system north of Toronto. This highway would encourage and facilitate an unprecedented level of urban sprawl in the GTA and would be at cross purposes to the government’s commitment to protection of the Greenbelt and its much needed expansion.

A government-appointed expert panel already concluded that the GTA-West Highway is not best solution for the region’s transportation needs, and instead recommended that new infrastructure, such as transit and utilities, be developed to support and accommodate future growth and development.

We request that your government reconsider this shortsighted decision.

Yours faithfully,

Geoff Kettel

c.c. Premier Doug Ford, MPP
Hon. Jeff Yurek, MPP, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Hon. Steve Clark, MPP, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Hon. John Yakabuski, MPP, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Hon. Ernie Hardeman, MPP, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Jennifer K. French, MPP, NDP Critic, Transportation and Highways John Fraser, Interim Ontario Liberal leader Resident Associations across Ontario

Local Planning Appeal Support Centre Has Been Cancelled Closed on June 30, 2019 - we've preserved some of their documents

The Ford government is closing a provincial agency that gives legal assistance to residents battling development changes in their local municipality.

The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre was created just last year as part of the Wynne government’s reforms to the former Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), a body long criticized for favouring developers in its decisions about zoning.

The centre provides information to citizens on the complicated land-use planning process, guiding neighbourhood groups through public meetings. It also offers free legal help with appeals of municipal zoning decisions, now heard at the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, the quasi-judicial body that replaced the OMB.

F.U.N. has preserved some of the most useful documents here on our website for your use.

Cancellation of the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre

Queen’s Park Report – 19-03 – Cancellation of the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre

Less than one year into its operation, the Province has announced that the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC) is being shut.

LPASC was launched in April 2018 to help people understand and navigate the land use planning and appeal process in Ontario. The LPASC Act, 2017 mandated the establishment and administration of a cost-effective and efficient system for providing support services, and to establish criteria for determining the eligibility of persons to receive the support. The LPASC has until June 30, 2019 to wind down the business. Effective immediately, LPASC will no longer be accepting new requests for professional services from the public.

The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods (Ontario) has sent the following letter to the Ontario Government protesting this action.

February 25, 2019 Attorney General re Cancellation of LPASC