OMB Reform: Getting Heritage Planning Right

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00

We have all seen the problem. City Council-approved Official Plans, Neighbourhood Plans and Heritage Conservation District Guidelines – developed to safeguard communities’ criteria for density and building heights – are successfully challenged by property developers at the Ontario Municipal Board.  The four-storey height limit on a neighbourhood main street is rezoned to allow for a 10-storey building, or a large lot that contributes to the heritage character of a HCD is approved for subdivision.

To say that the workings of the OMB have been controversial is an understatement. Now it is set for revision. Will Ontario finally get heritage planning right?

Join Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, former OMB adjudicator and advocate Marc Denhez, and community activist Jay Baltz for an evening of discussion on new directions for the Ontario Municipal Board and its replacement Tribunal.


The Lecture is free and there is no need to pre-register.



The Honourable Yasir Naqvi is the Attorney General of Ontario, Ottawa Centre MPP, Commissioner of the Board of Internal Economy and Government House Leader.

Marc Denhez is an Ottawa lawyer, mediator and author on heritage policy who served on the Ontario Municipal Board and on the Conservation Review Board.

Jay Baltz PhD is a long-time Ottawa heritage advocate who has served on the board of Heritage Ottawa, and is a former Chair of the Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee.

Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2