I would like to take a brief moment to let residents know about a new pursuit being investigated by the City of Ottawa in an attempt to reduce homelessness across the city.
The Government of Ontario recently passed legislation aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing across the province. This change gives municipalities across Ontario the power to enact inclusionary zoning regulations as part of the land-use planning process.
Through inclusionary zoning, municipalities could require private developers to include a minimum number of affordable housing units in any new residential development, thus serving the needs of low- to moderate-income families and individuals.
At the present time, the City of Ottawa has not committed to adopting inclusionary zoning regulations, but staff plans to undertake a needs assessment in 2017 and will make recommendations to Planning Committee and Council about how it might be applied.
While staff takes the time to review whether this approach is right for Ottawa, I am appreciative and hopeful that the Province’s new legislation will help to steer Ottawa into a direction that meets the City’s targets set within our 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan.
For more information on Ontario’s Inclusionary Zoning plan, please visit their website here.