In Toronto we have a Committee of Adjustments which approves all development applications. We have a city council which approves all development application, and if a development somehow managed to be refused we still got a unelected Municipal Board, appointed by the province, which sole purpose is to approve everything.
As a result we got a booming population with construction as the biggest growth sector in the province. I would even say quality of life is increasing due to all these new developments being built.
I just hope it does not backfire.
Of course we have some horrible developments which would of not been allowed with current zoning. Yet, We are getting far more beautiful tall towers which also would not of been allowed under the zoning.
Developers are free to create wonderful structures as they no longer worry about zoning, height limits or density. However, sometimes they try to fit as many units as possible in a tall rectangle box so they can generate a huge profit.
Is there any other city in the same situation? and any opinions on the current state of planning in Toronto?