By Alex Cullen, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed
Decisions by the Doug Ford government are undermining local autonomy and public participation in matters of land development.
....The minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has the power to override local planning policies to impose zoning conditions to favour a site-specific development. This can be done without notice, without holding a public hearing involving affected residents,
...The city’s revised Official Plan seeks to accommodate growth through a combination of expanding the urban boundary and intensifying current urban areas. However, some land developers found their projects not included in the plan and are lobbying for inclusion (thereby increasing urban spawl).