The Smart Growth for Our Communities Act

There’s an new Act in town, and it bears our name. The Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73) received Royal Assent on December 3, 2015. The Act makes changes to both the Development Charges Act and Planning Act to:

  • Help municipalities fund growth
  • Give residents a greater, more meaningful say in how their communities grow
  • Protect and promote greenspaces
  • Make the development charges system more predictable, transparent and accountable
  • Make the planning and appeals process more predictable
  • Give municipalities more independence and make it easier to resolve disputes

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