Citizens' groups decry closure of zoning appeal agency Social Sharing

By Giacomo Panico, CBC News Ottawa, March 6, 2019

A coalition of citizen and environmental advocacy groups in Ottawa is calling on the Ford government to reverse its decision to shut down a newly formed agency that helps residents challenge zoning decisions.

The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC) was created in April 2018 as part of the previous Liberal government's changes to the former Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), a body long criticized for favouring developers in its decisions on local zoning matters.

Paul Johanis, chair of the Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital, said his group is teaming up with Ecology Ottawa and the Federation of Citizens' Associations of Ottawa to demand the province keep the LPASC afloat.

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