OFA submitted a letter to the Attorney General regarding making amendments to the Planning Act. OFA is in favour of amending the Planning Act to address situations where the titles of abutting properties automatically merge under the Land Registry system. Typically, landowners only become aware that the titles of their parcels have been merged when they wish to sell one or both parcels. OFA recommends that the Ontario government change the Land Registry System under the Planning Act so that the practice of automatic merging is discontinued. OFA believes that mandatory advanced notification should be given to the landowner. OFA is not in favour of Planning Act amendments that would enable the further subdivision of lots beyond what is already permitted. This form of development not only limits the ability of new and existing agricultural operations to function but fails to contribute financially to municipalities. Concerns have been raised that the proposed Section 57.1 might have unintended lot creation consequences that are inconsistent with the land use policy direction and therefore, a thorough assessment should be conducted. OFA hopes that the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs’ hearings on Bill 88 occur soon so that OFA can present its formal submission.
Submissions & Correspondence
Letter regarding proposed amendments to the Planning Act
Updated: May 4, 2021