Law Times News quotes Toronto lawyer Neil Smiley in an article about the mandate tweaks as a result of reviews of OMB.
“Neil Smiley, a former urban planner turned municipal lawyer, says switching the focus of the OMB’s decision=makers will mean bad news for the quality of planning decisions in Ontario.”
“Reasonableness is, with all respect, a low standard. A Decision could be a reasonable one, but not the best option from a planning perspective,” says Smiley, a partner in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. The OMB is the only lens through which we can be assured an unbiased view of what constitutes good planning is tested, without being hamstrung by political influence.”