Not sure which forum to place this in, but here goes:
I understand that Ontario has a "Municipal Court" that allows developers to appeal the decision of a municipality.
Now, read this from a recent report on California housing policy:
"Overall, however, California's Housing Element Law: The Issue of Local Noncompliance suggests that the state may need to consider a more direct approach to the housing shortage, perhaps by providing fiscal rewards to localities for greater housing production or for construction of certain types of units. Allowing builders a more
direct mechanism to appeal restrictive local zoning or other regulations is another alternative Lewis discusses."
What is your experience with this kind of appeal process? Particularly Canadian planners? Any comments on this rather radical attack on municipal self-government? Or, is this a necessary result of local governments' unwillingness to permit adequate housing?
Administrator's note - I moved this thread into the Make No Small Plans subforum, because it's not really off-topic FAC material.