Building More Homes Faster: Analyzing the Legislative Changes of Bill 23
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Ontario’s housing crisis is well-documented. Supply and affordability issues have resulted in many residents being unable to secure an attainable home that suits their family’s needs. On October 25, 2022, the Ontario government unveiled significant legislation intended to increase housing supply through fee reductions and changes to development approval processes.
The introduction of Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 is intended to support Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan, with a stated aim of increasing housing supply across the province. The proposed legislation introduces amendments to multiple statutes, including the City of Toronto Act, 2006/Municipal Act, 2001; Conservation Authorities Act; Development Charges Act, 1997; Ontario Heritage Act; Ontario Land Tribunal Act, 2021; and Planning Act.
Further, the government is undertaking provincial consultations on changes to the Greenbelt Plan involving the removal or redesignation of 15 areas of land, totalling 7,400 acres. The government is also proposing amendments to O. Reg 232/18 (Inclusionary Zoning). The comment period is currently open for both of these proposals.
Many of the proposed legislative changes are highly consequential and are of great interest to the development community, municipalities and landowners.
Join partner Alexander Suriano, associate Matthew Helfand, and counsel Paula Boutis of the firm’s Municipal & Land Use Planning Group as they discuss the many legislative changes proposed through the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022.
- A general overview of the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022
- Changes to municipal powers, including rental replacement regulations and site plan control
- Alteration of the role of conservation authorities regarding development planning
- Reductions and exemptions to development charges
- New thresholds for properties designated to have “cultural heritage value or interest”
- Ontario Land Tribunal changes: dismissal of appeals, cost awards, prioritization of certain proceedings
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