Housing supply

RESCON releases 15-point action plan to increase housing supply

VAUGHAN, ONT. — The Home Builders’ Council of Ontario (RESCON) has released a 15-point action plan outlining changes the three levels of government can make to address the housing supply and affordability crisis. accommodations.

The plan, Housing Ontario’s People Everywhere (HOPE), recommends five actions for each level of government. RESCON consulted with a wide range of stakeholders such as housing builders, developers, planning lawyers, housing advocates and groups, youth, former elected officials, members of the Housing Task Force housing affordability, business and financial sector organizations.

At the municipal level, RESCON wants major changes, so planning and development divisions will need to expedite housing applications and approvals with prescribed timelines. The plan also provides for previous increases in taxes, charges and levies, such as development charges, to be reversed or reduced; the approval process for facilities to be digitized; a ban on using heritage designations to stop development; and reasonable densification to be allowed, especially in Toronto, a statement said.

RESCON said while some steps have been taken provincially, such as the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, there is still work to be done. The province has committed to building 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years. The plan recommends that the province require larger municipalities to have an independent planning and development ombudsman to ensure applications are not delayed.

The plan also addresses the question of how to expedite cases in the Ontario Lands Tribunal and recommends that municipalities be required to allow reasonable maximum residential development on sites. Additionally, municipalities should be required to end exclusionary zoning policies that prohibit reasonable densification forms of light, the statement said.

At the federal level, RESCON says it wants an exemption or rebate for the HST charged on the construction of residential buildings, more tax incentive programs and an immigration system that allows more skilled workers trained in the foreigner to come to Ontario.

“It is no exaggeration to describe our current situation as a real housing crisis,” RESCON chairman Richard Lyall said in a statement. “Unprecedented situations like the one we currently find ourselves in require extraordinary solutions. RESCON’s action plan offers specific and effective solutions that can be implemented quickly.