Planning Politics in Toronto: The Ontario Municipal Board and Urban Development

By Aaron A. Moore

© 2012

The Ontario Municipal Board is an independent provincial planning appeals body that has wielded major influence on Toronto’s urban development. In this book, Aaron A. Moore examines the effect that the OMB has had on the behavior and relationships of Toronto’s main political actors, including city planners, developers, neighbourhood associations, and local politicians.

Moore’s findings draw on a quantitative analysis of all OMB decisions and settlements from 2000 through 2006, as well as eight in-depth case studies. The cases, which examine a variety of development proposals that resulted in OMB appeals, compare the decisions of Toronto’s political actors to those typified in American local political economy analyses.

A much-needed contribution to the literature on the politics of urban development in Toronto since the 1970s, Planning Politics in Toronto challenges popular preconceptions of the OMB’s role in Toronto’s patterns of growth and change.

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A much-needed contribution to the literature on the politics of urban development in Toronto since the 1970s, Planning Politics in Toronto challenges popular preconceptions of the OMB’s role in Toronto’s patterns of growth and change.

Planning Politics in Toronto: The Ontario Municipal Board and Urban Development

By Aaron A. Moore

© 2012

The Ontario Municipal Board is an independent provincial planning appeals body that has wielded major influence on Toronto’s urban development. In this book, Aaron A. Moore examines the effect that the OMB has had on the behavior and relationships of Toronto’s main political actors, including city planners, developers, neighbourhood associations, and local politicians.

Moore’s findings draw on a quantitative analysis of all OMB decisions and settlements from 2000 through 2006, as well as eight in-depth case studies. The cases, which examine a variety of development proposals that resulted in OMB appeals, compare the decisions of Toronto’s political actors to those typified in American local political economy analyses.

A much-needed contribution to the literature on the politics of urban development in Toronto since the 1970s, Planning Politics in Toronto challenges popular preconceptions of the OMB’s role in Toronto’s patterns of growth and change.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “The Ontario Municipal Board exerts a powerful influence over urban development, but it is very much understudied. In Planning Politics in Toronto, Aaron A. Moore addresses this gap through valuable case studies supported by extensive data. Moore’s thorough knowledge of the literature and his ability to synthesize this knowledge make his book a major contribution to research.”
    Caroline Andrew, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa
  • Author Information

    Aaron A. Moore is a fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs and a Research Affiliate, Cities Centre at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments; Contents; Tables; Charts; Figures; Maps; Abbreviations

    1. Introduction: The OMB in North America

    2. Local Political Economy Theory and Toronto

    3. The OMB and the Politics of Urban Development

    4. OMB Appeals in Toronto from 2000 Through 2006

    5. Experts and the Planning Community In Toronto

    6. The Politics of Toronto’s Development Industry

    7. Neighbourhood Mobilisation in Toronto

    8. Politicians and Urban Development in Toronto

    9. The OMB and Local Political Economy

    Appendix A: Studying Local Political Economy

    Notes

    References

    Works Cited

    City Of Toronto Documents

    City Of Toronto By-Laws

    Ontario Municipal Board Archives

    Ontario Municipal Board Decisions

    Provincial and State Legislation

    Interviews

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