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

AJAX65

October 20, 2020

Save the Duffins Creek Wetland

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE

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

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