Town takes stance against Bill 257

March 25, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

Orangeville Council took a stand against Schedule 3 of Bill 257, Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021, which amends the Planning Act so that Minister Zoning Orders (MZOs) won’t have to comply with basic planning principals.

Coun. Grant Peters brought forward a motion, which passed unanimously, that will put forward a request on behalf of the Town to the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minster of Municipal Affairs and Housing to withdraw Schedule 3 from Bill 257.

The motion states that the purpose of the Planning Act is to promote sustainable economic development in a healthy natural environment and to provide for a land use planning system led by provincial policy. And there is the requirement for all decision-makers under the Planning Act to make decisions in a manner that is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, which is longstanding and necessary for good planning, environmental, societal and health outcomes.

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