The latest law to upset Ontarians by the Doug Ford government is the More Homes Built Faster Act. Or Bill 23 as it’s more affectionately referred to.
This act is going to carve up 7,400 acres of the Greenbelt for developers to use free from oversight from conservation authorities and in violation of Premier Ford’s word to Ontarians to leave the greenbelt alone. A major critic of the act is the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, or AMO. AMO is the go between organization for municipalities and Queen’s Park to address the various issues and needs that would naturally arise.
AMO is critical of the act, as it frees developers from the fees that they incur as part of the development process. Fees which go to pay for the upkeep of municipal services to the new developments and the cities at large. AMO predicts that the total loss revenue would total approximately $5 billion per year. As well as the unknown risk for municipalities in costs associated with flooding and other disasters, due to the stripping of oversight of Conservation Authorities.
To better understand AMO’s position and concerns, we reached out to them to invite them to the podcast for today’s episode. Today we are joined by Amber Crawford, a senior policy advisor with AMO to present their case and to understand what the long term ramifications of this act could have down the road on the 905 and Ontario at large.
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