Bad News for Citizens Fighting To Save Places Like Waverly Woods in Fort Erie and Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls

Doug Ford stacks the deck against everyday people in disputes with wealthy developers

A Statement from Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

Posted February 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

Niagara, Ontario  — Jeff Burch, Niagara Centre MPP and Ontario NDP Municipal Affairs critic, released the following statement in response to news that Doug Ford is dismantling the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre:

“Doug Ford is once again doing favours for his friends by dismantling an office set up to help everyday Ontarians navigate the complex planning appeals process. The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre gave local communities a fighting chance when facing off against wealthy developers trying to ram unreasonable proposals through the municipal planning process.

Waverly Woods in Fort Erie. How much of a chance will green places like this in Niagara have under Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his self-described “Government for the People.” Does “Open for Business” mean paving what ever is left of places like this over?

The Liberals let people down by dragging their heels on long-promised reforms to the planning appeals process. Now the Conservatives are making things even worse for folks by stacking the deck against them, giving easier wins to powerful developers.

 This is only going to make it harder for everyday Ontarians to protect their quality of life when developers try to take advantage of people to pad their already-deep pockets. Everyday Ontarians deserve to have a say in how their communities grow, and they shouldn’t have to face wealthy developers and their teams of high-priced experts on their own.”

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One response to “Bad News for Citizens Fighting To Save Places Like Waverly Woods in Fort Erie and Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls

  1. You are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! I live across the street from both Waverly Beach and a development (672 Edgemere Road) that the Town of Fort Erie is totally and inappropriately supporting.
    They are making over a dozen bylaw amendments and variances to TRY to get a LARGE development onto a SMALL property.

    We tried to appeal to the LPAT and because the form instructions told us that we did NOT need a lawyer (incorrect) and because no one told us that the LPASC (lawyer assistance) was available…

    Our appeal was DISMISSED by the LPAT because we did not check the right boxes or provide EXACTLY the information they required.
    Our appeal was dismissed on a paperwork technicality, not on its MERITS.

    The Town of Fort Erie BROKE THE LAW (I have proof) several different ways, to support this developer and the LPAT procedure is so stacked in favor of the municipalities and developers that it might as well not exist…

    There’s NO WAY for a reasonably intelligent person to learn (within the 20 day limit) enough to fill out a proper appeal application.
    The current LPAT procedures are so stacked in favor of municipalities and developers that the LPAT might as well not exist…

    And removing the ONLY government assistance to MAYBE getting the forms filled out correctly is, in my opinion, insane.

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