Urban Planning in Ontario is complicated. It is easy to look around Downtown Toronto and ask why is the City allowing so many tall buildings to be built, sometimes replacing functional and beloved cultural institutions and heritage buildings. What’s hard is to understand is where this growth is coming from and why it seems like the City is not saying “no.”
To try and demystify the planning and development process, it’s important to recognize three aspects:
- The Provincial Planning Act;
- Planning policy and zoning by-laws; and
- The impact of provincial land use planning tribunals.
Together, these pieces help explain why the process seems to favour private developer interests over municipal interests. Read on to learn about each of these three parts of the planning and development process.