TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Building Industry and Land
Development Association (BILD) continues to support the essential role
the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) plays in the development approval
process, supporting Toronto's desire to create a vibrant world class
In our current planning system, an appeal to an independent,
non-political, unbiased decision-maker is essential to ensure than any
municipality, community, ratepayer association and non-profit agency,
along with the landowner has an opportunity to present and test the
merits of an application against sound planning principles. This role
is currently fulfilled by the OMB.
The OMB provides an impartial, independent, adjudicating tribunal that
is removed from local political pressures, and renders decisions in
accordance with the Planning Act. Many of those decisions have resulted in celebrated projects across
the City of Toronto enjoyed by residents and neighbourhoods alike.
"Without the Ontario Municipal Board, facilitation, mediation and
adjudication of those celebrated communities may never have been
built," said BILD Acting President Joe Vaccaro.
"Toronto City Council's request to be removed from the Board's
jurisdiction feeds into a misrepresentation of how city-building
decisions are made and how the OMB functions within the process.
Without the OMB, city-building opportunities fall victim to nimbyism
and political pressure."
Here are a few examples of celebrated plans and projects:
Condominiums in the Distillery District - a three-residential tower project that financially supported the
revitalization and renewal of a formerly derelict historic district,
added public art, and brought commerce and community to the area. It
received honourable mention at the PUG Awards of Architecture.
18 Yorkville Condominiums - a transit-oriented development that included a new public park for
the Yorkville neighbourhood and received a Toronto Urban Design Award,
Award of Excellence and a PUG Award of Architecture.
One Bedford - an intensification project above two intersecting TTC subway lines
that includes retail at grade on Bloor Street and a publicly-accessible
Shops and Residences at Don Mills - a mixed-use precinct that includes residences, retail, office space,
a public park and a contribution of $17-million for a new community
centre, all of which revitalized the under-utilized corner of Don Mills
Road and Lawrence Avenue East.
King-Parliament and King-Spadina Secondary Plans and Zoning By-law - Known as "The Kings," the city-led planning initiatives guide the
development of the St. Lawrence/Corktown neighbourhoods in the east and
the Entertainment/Fashion districts to the west. The Soho Hotel near
King Street East and Spadina Avenue is included in the City's planning
document as one example of encouraged new development.
Toronto City Council should be proactively planning by updating the
Toronto Official Plan, identifying opportunities for transit-supportive
communities that will revitalize neighbourhoods and support the
principles of the provincial Growth Plan.
City Council should also be educating residents on the planning process
instead of sacrificing economically, culturally, and
environmentally-sustainable projects in favour of NIMBY-ism.
By working together to create a modern Official Plan we can share in
supporting Toronto's desire to create a vibrant world class city.
With more than 1,350 members, BILD, formed through the merger of the
Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and Urban Development
Institute/Ontario, is the voice of the land development, home building
and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. BILD
is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders'
SOURCE Building Industry and Land Development Association
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