Cities and towns in Ontario spend time and money to create Official Plans in order to manage growth and develop their communities. Residents rely on the official plan to understand how their neighbourhoods could change over time. The ability of the OMB to overturn local official plans and zoning designations developed through community consultation and approved by local elected representatives is outrageous and completely undermines the effort and time spent by cities and towns making these plans. Developers use the OMB to get their way and circumvent local planning authority. Cities, towns and ratepayer associations cannot afford to fight developers at the OMB. While the Ontario Government thinks the cost is minimal - the costs of lawyers, expert witnesses, reports and volunteer time is untenable - both for cities and private citizens and neighbourhood groups. Charles Sousa, MPP stated that changes were "months not years" away in 2012. In 2015 - communities continue to face the OMB and the deep pockets of developers and loss of local determination of how our neighbourhoods will grow and change It is time to allow cities with Official Plans the last word on new development in their communities.