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Proposed OMB changes could be good for environmental groups: Greenbelt Alliance

A 150-year-old linden tree cut down on a Bayview Ridge lot, July 27, 2016. CITYNEWS/Tony Fera

The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance says announced reforms of the Ontario Municipal Board come as good news for its environmental and community group members.

The Alliance says it’s cautiously optimistic the proposed Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will empower democratic municipal decision-making.

But it says the pending legislation must do more to support citizen participation and ensure that planning decisions address complex environmental matters.

The new tribunal will have less power to overturn local government decisions and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association says it fears it will just rubber stamp local governments’ decisions.

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