Reevely: Ottawa’s retiring OMB member cries out for better city planning
Ottawa Citizen

By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, February 22, 2017

Builders treat development rules like suggestions and Ontario cities co-operate so they can get parks and nice streets for cheap, a veteran member of the Ontario Municipal Board wrote in a scorching takedown of the way we plan communities in this province.

Marc Denhez’s cry begins around the 300th paragraph of a ruling on redeveloping a strip of land near Lake Ontario in Etobicoke, in west-end Toronto, which is probably why nobody much has noticed it since he issued it just before Labour Day weekend. That doesn’t make it any less amazing, especially as the provincial government works on a review of the board that can overturn city councils’ urban-planning decisions.

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