OFA provides comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding proposed changes to regulations under the Planning Act. OFA expresses gratitude and support for the decision to end automatic mergers under properties under the Land Registry System for those titles which have historically merged automatically upon the death of a joint tenant. We would like to reiterate the request made in our submission that since these kinds of automatic mergers have been discontinued, a clear and easy process for unmerging them needs to be communicated to the local planning authorities and land division committees. OFA does not support scattered or strip development within agricultural areas, because this form of development limits the ability of new and existing agricultural operations and fails to contribute financially to municipalities. To improve public clarity, OFA now requests that your Ministry produce guidance materials quickly that will outline these changes in a comprehensive plain-language guidance document that will be available to all stakeholders. We note that the provincial government has created useful and practical Guidance materials in other relevant policy frameworks and OFA expresses encouragement for the Ministry to develop these technical supports. To maintain the economic and employment contribution of the agri-food sector into the future, a holistic, systematic, province-wide approach that prioritizes protecting the best agricultural lands and identifies the most appropriate areas for growth, with justifiable criteria and a comprehensive analysis must be adopted.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding proposed amendments to regulations under the Planning Act
Updated: August 18, 2021