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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.
The following publication prepared by Environmental Defence is a good source of information for groups wishing to fight sprawl.
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.