What is an MZO?
A Minister's Zoning Order (MZO) is part of Ontario's Planning Act and allows the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to make a ruling on how a piece of land is to be used in the province, with no public consultation required and only amended or revoked at the minister's discretion.
TVO.org speaks with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark
July 10, 2020
Excerpt: "For now, we’re quite happy with the dozen or so I’ve done, that have been driven by a local council decision in a public council meeting before it comes to my desk. That makes sure the public is aware there is a request, it communicates there is a priority of a council, and then it’s up to us to decide whether we want to move forward."
MZOs In The News
THE TORONTO STAR - THE STAR EDITORIAL BOARD
November 29, 2020
Once again, the Ford government is putting developers ahead of Ontario’s environment
THE TORONTO STAR - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
November 25, 2020
Why is Ontario letting developers do what they want to the environment?
THE BEACON HERALD - CHRIS MONTANINI
November 23, 2020
Restrictive zoning order ties Stratford's hands: Mathieson
ORILLIA MATTERS – ANDREW PHILIPS
November 21, 2020
MZO 'a weapon of mass destruction in the planning world,' critics say
THE TORONTO STAR - NOOR JAVED
November 4, 2020
Greenbelt adviser quits over fast-tracking of Durham wetlands development by Doug Ford’s government
October 20, 2020
Save the Duffins Creek Wetland
August 28, 2020
You may have never heard of a Minister’s Zoning Order and that used to be ok – but not anymore
ONTARIO FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE
August 10, 2020
Letter to Minister Clark