Introduction

Significant change is occurring across the Township. In 2016 population is 25,400; we are planning for 34,900 by 2031.  Employment is currently 9,960; forecasted to grow to 11,900 by 2031.

In King City specifically, population is scheduled to increase from 6,900 to 15,300 in the same period.  Employment is to grow from 1,960 to 2970.

How Development is Managed

The Planning Act  requires specific information be provided to a municipality in order to appropriately review development applications. A municipality is required to reply to proponents regarding the ‘completeness’ of applications within a specified time frame. In addition, a municipality is required to ensure that the submitted information is readily accessible to the public.

King Township’s Planning Department manages the process above. The Planning Department has complete information on all developments in King Township.

For a more thorough  explanation of how  development, in general, is managed I recommend you look at Citizens’ Guide to Land Use Planning provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing.

There has been a significant change in the process for challenging development applications.  Prior to April 2018 challenges were processed through a system called Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  The latter was replaced by LPAT (Land Use Planning Tribunal).   In 2021 LPAT was replaced by the Ontario Lands Tribunal (OLT) to adjudicate matters related to land use planning, environmental and natural features and heritage protection, land valuation, land compensation, municipal finance, and related matters.  Both the transition to LPAT and now OLT has been done with purported objective of being more efficient in terms of achieving resolution;  as of June 2022 there is still no evidence that the objective has been realized as significant backlogs have been created, partly due to the changes.  What is very clear though is that citizen engagement has been seriously limited and is very difficult due to the need for hiring liscensed professionals such as lawyers and planners.  The transition to the OLT is also concerning as this one tgribunal now handles all disputes; there is no assurance that experts in heritage will preside in hearings when the dispute is over heritage issues such as designations.

 

One Response to “ “Introduction”

  1. Eric says:

    good information. Thank you and keep up the good work

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