What is MZO?

Wednesday Jun 30th, 2021


There is a big upside to Ontario’s minister’s zoning orders (MZOs) that have been much maligned recently in certain media coverage over the past few months. Indeed, MZOs are needed to cut through red tape and streamline snail-paced municipal development approval processes across the province.

Why? Because we have a housing supply crisis and infrastructure deficit. Connect the dots.

So, what are MZOs? Under Section 47 of Ontario’s Planning Act, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) has the authority to issue these orders, allowing the minister to regulate the use of land, along with building location, use, height, size and spacing. MZOs are employed to help overcome delays to critical projects, including residential developments during a housing supply crisis.

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