Housing supply

Housing task force urges planning changes to boost housing supply

TORONTO — Ontario’s Housing Affordability Task Force is calling for higher housing density and simplified urban design rules as part of a package of reforms that could increase housing supply in the province .

The task force’s recommendations include five key strategies to rapidly increase market housing supply to meet the goal of adding 1.5 million units over the next 10 years:

  • making changes to planning and zoning policies to allow for greater density and variety of housing;
  • reduce and streamline urban design rules to reduce development costs;
  • depoliticize the approvals process to address community opposition and reduce red tape to expedite housing;
  • prevent abuse of the appeals process and address the backlog in the Ontario Lands Tribunal by prioritizing cases that increase housing stock; and
  • harmonize efforts between all levels of government to create incentives to build more housing.

Other recommendations to increase the supply of long-term housing include digitizing and modernizing the approvals and planning process, increasing the skilled workforce, and encouraging more employment opportunities. access the property.

Scotiabank CEO Jake Lawrence chaired the task force.

“Everyone has a role to play in solving the housing supply crisis. As our government consults with municipalities, the public, and industry leaders and experts, we balance these perspectives to develop practical, forward-thinking policies that unlock and accelerate all types of housing for all types of Ontarians,” Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, said in a statement.

The commendations were recognized by the Home Builders Council of Ontario (RESCON).

“The task force has developed an ambitious plan to build 1.5 million new homes over the next decade by revolutionizing the way municipalities approve housing projects,” said RESCON Chairman Richard Lyall. . “This is the kind of progressive, out-of-the-box thinking we need to drive supply and address the skyrocketing cost of housing in Ontario.

“We are especially pleased that the task force is recommending changes that would reduce municipal control over developments and provide the province with the tools to increase density in neighborhoods that are zoned exclusively for single-family homes as well as accelerate the construction of much-needed new housing by legislating development approval timelines.