Waterloo Region is appealing a recent decision by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) that would considerably weaken the Region’s smart growth official plan and threatens the Places to Grow Act.
The OMB ruling forces the Region to open up 1,053 hectares of greenspace for low-density sprawl development. This is more than 10 times what the Region says it needs. Recently the Region passed a unanimous motion to appeal its case to Divisional Court and asked the OMB to rehear the case.
In the wake of this appeal ten professors at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning have assembled a statement urging better cooperation between the Region, the Province and the OMB.In the statement they also stress the need for clarity regarding the rules for density in hopes of avoiding conflicts such as this and ensuring reasonable and sustainable growth for our communities.