Pub­lic should get in­volved in land poli­cies

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers need a back­bone (May 19)

The Spec­ta­tor’s view of the Wynne gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to lower the axe on the much-ma­ligned Ontario Mu­nic­i­pal Board pro­vided ex­cel­lent ob­ser­va­tions and com­ments on this mat­ter.

Un­for­tu­nately the pub­lic does not tend to get in­volved in land use plan­ning un­til a de­vel­op­ment pro­posal in their neigh­bour­hood is be­ing con­sid­ered. The pub­lic should be more ac­tively in­volved ear­lier when mu­nic­i­pal poli­cies to guide and con­trol de­vel­op­ment are be­ing con­sid­ered and ap­proved. With this ear­lier par­tic­i­pa­tion there should be im­proved mu­nic­i­pal land use and plan­ning poli­cies and also less fric­tion when de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als come for­ward. Mor­gan Pirie, Hamil­ton

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