Sidewalk Closure at the corner of Yonge and Eglinton until 2017
Date of closure – September 1, 2015 to September 30, 2017
Councillor Matlow’s Free Toronto from the OMB Town Hall
Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm
The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is a quasi-judicial, un-elected and un-accountable provincial body that has the final say on all planning decisions in the province of Ontario. The tribunal’s powers to overrule decisions made by our elected municipal representatives are anti-democratic and often lead to planning decisions that support the interests of the development industry over those of our communities and our city’s official plan.
As you are aware, our midtown neighbourhoods are facing an unprecedented number of development applications. While our community understands that a reasonable amount of intensification is appropriate, developers are proposing new condominiums that are too high and dense for the neighbourhood and, in many cases, appealing to the OMB at the first opportunity. The provincial government is mandating higher densities in areas such as Yonge & Eglinton but they are not taking into consideration the added stress on fully-enrolled schools, narrow streets and sidewalks and an already over-crowded subway system.
Please save the date – Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm – for a town hall meeting I plan to host, to further discuss, and take action, this important issue facing our community and city. I will share more details with you as soon as they become available.
In the meantime, you can learn more about my efforts to free Toronto from the OMB, and how you can help, here.