12th floor, West Tower, City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Attention: Marilyn Toft
PG 26.1 Bill 7 – Response to the Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Regulation
Dear Mayor John Tory, and Members of City Council
This is to express our strong support for the Planning and Growth Management Committee’s recommendation to City Council (which endorsed the staff report recommendation) to request the Province to amend the proposed inclusionary zoning regulations, and to consult further with municipalities and stakeholders on an appropriate and flexible implementation framework for inclusionary zoning, prior to proclaiming the regulation.
The Province’s proposed rules would
- Restrict municipalities from requiring more than 5% of new units to be affordable (or 10% if they are in a Major Transit Station Area);
- Prevent municipalities from requiring developers to build affordable units if the new development is a rental building;
- Require the municipality to contribute 40% of the cost of making the units affordable. These rules would mean that, despite municipalities being given new powers, virtually no affordable housing would be built.
We are therefore deeply disappointed with the proposed Regulation, and trust that the Province will re-think its approach to this important issue.
cc: Gregg Lintern, Acting Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division
Sean Gadon, Director, Affordable Housing Office
Laurie Miller, Director, Provincial Planning Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs