Say farewell to the OMB

Today marks the end of the controversial Ontario Municipal Board, which handled appeals of development proposals approved by muncipal councils.

The OMB will now be known as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

Proponents say local residents will be the winner in the process.

Critics of the OMB often accused it of siding on the behalf of developers overruling local councils.

Now the LPAT will simply decide if a proposed development follows a city's master plan and if not send it back to council to deal with.