For Immediate Release
Preserving Existing Communities Act Passes Second Reading
The Private Members Bill sponsored by Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, that would empower municipal councils in decisions relating to the intensification of established neighbourhoods has passed an important milestone.
The Bill, entitled the Preserving Existing Communities Act passed Second Reading following a spirited debate. Klees advanced the Bill as a response to a development application to the Town of Newmarket that would add hundreds more housing units into the long-established Glenway community in that town.
“A consequence of the Places to Grow Act, is that even if a municipality rejects a development proposal that involves intensification of an existing residential area and that application does not comply with the Official Plan, the odds are that that the Ontario Municipal Board will overrule the Council’s decision,” said Klees. “This Bill will make the decision of the municipality in these cases final.”
The Bill has now been referred to the Standing Committee on General Government for public hearings where interested parties will have an opportunity to provide input and propose amendments. It will then be referred back to the legislature for a final vote and proclamation into law.
“I want to thank Newmarket Council and the Glenway Preservation Association for their support of my Bill,” said Klees. “Council’s Resolution supporting the principle of my Bill and the Association’s endorsement letter that was sent to all mayors in the province and all MPPs played a significant role in getting it to this point.”
CouncillorsJim Tovey and Pat Mullin from the City of Mississauga participated in a Queen’s Park press conferenceprior to the debate where they announced that Mississauga Council had passed a unanimous resolution in support of the Bill. A number of Ontario municipalities passed similar resolutions, including the City of Oakville and the Region of Halton. Also participating in the press conference was Lois MacDonnell who represented the Glenway Preservation Association and Newmarket Councillors Chris Emanuel and Jane Twinney.
Links to the Queen’s Park News Conference and the debate of Bill 41 can be found on Klees’ website.
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