archive-ca.com » CA » I » INCLUSIONARYHOUSING.CA

Total: 222

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Opening the Doors to Inclusionary Housing in Canada « Inclusionary Housing Canada
    Housing Program Recent Posts A Guide to Developing an Inclusionary Housing Program Affordable Housing Mandates Ontario Government Supports Inclusionary Housing Strengthen Ontario s Provincial Policy Statement as one tool to meet the province s housing needs Inclusionary Housing Bill Passes Second Reading in Ontario Legislature Recent Comments Working Group Contributors Richard Drdla Archives Select Month December 2010 October 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 Opening the Doors to Inclusionary Housing in Canada By admin on January 21st 2010 Creating Affordable Housing by Harnessing the Power of Private Development Inclusionary housing programs are municipal programs that rely upon the development regulations and approval process to have private developers provide some portion of the housing within their new market projects as affordable housing This website has been created to assist community members activists government planners policy makes and housing developers to gain a better appreciation of Inclusionary Housing as a policy and program tool to increase the supply of affordable housing in our neighbourhoods and communities Why We need it An important part the Ontario Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy A vision of Toronto with Inclusionary Housing How It works Introduction to Inclusionary

    Original URL path: http://www.inclusionaryhousing.ca/2010/01/home/ (2013-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive


  • An Important Tool in a Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy « Inclusionary Housing Canada
    boom of 2000 2007 we missed the opportunity to create thousands of affordable homes Let s not make the same mistake twice Let s use this lull in the development cycle to ready ourselves for the next boom One part of a comprehensive housing strategy Inclusionary Housing does not stand alone To reach the Housing Network of Ontario s goals for stable adequate equitably accessible and affordable housing we also need Subsidies for Ontarians with the lowest incomes Construction and building standards that would reduce the carbon footprint and energy use of all developments Supports programs and protections to help all Ontarians find and keep a home Municipalities outside Ontario have created thousands of affordable homes over 11 000 in one city in the United States at almost no cost to the taxpayer simply by setting aside 10 to 20 per cent of every new development for affordable housing These successes show us that it is possible It s time for Ontario to harness the power of Inclusionary Housing The Goals A set of programs and policies that Require that a portion of all new developments be affordable to individuals and families with moderate incomes Preserve the benefits of affordability and inclusive neighbourhoods in the long term The Tools Inclusionary Housing policies are set by local governments But it s up to the Ontario Government to give local governments the authority to create the tools to make Inclusionary Housing work These tools include Planning and approval tools that define the developer s role in providing housing that is affordable at set income levels and the agreed upon cost offsets required to maintain a reasonable return on investments Finance mortgage and rental tools that allow individuals families and non profit housing providers to acquire housing under Inclusionary Housing programs at affordable

    Original URL path: http://www.inclusionaryhousing.ca/2009/12/an-important-tool-in-a-long-term-affordable-housing-strategy/ (2013-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Introduction to Inclusionary Housing Programs « Inclusionary Housing Canada
    in the country The thresholds are used to ensure that the affordable housing is made available at a price or rent substantially below that for the equivalent market units in the development and generally on the market These thresholds are set at what might be considered an intermediate level of affordability They are directed at providing housing for households earning too little to afford market housing but too much to be eligible for social housing assistance Subject Developments The requirements apply to virtually all private developments but with two common exceptions An exception is made for developments providing the equivalent or more affordable housing in other approved ways The other main exception is for small developments Many programs do not apply to development below a certain size The cut off can range from 10 or 50 units The rationale behind these provisions is that the requirements would affect the small developments too adversely Alternatively other programs apply the requirements to developments of 2 or more units but take fees in lieu as the affordable housing contribution from the small developments Compliance Alternatives All of the programs are directed first and foremost at securing affordable units constructed on site This is fundamental to inclusionary principles At the same time most programs also allow alternatives most commonly payment of fees in lieu and construction on another site Often but not always these alternatives are permitted only at the discretion of the municipality and then only when they better serve the housing needs of the community The fees in lieu are generally set at a rate that reflects the value of the cost writedown that would have been achieved by on site construction or put another way the cost to the municipality of supporting the construction of equivalent affordable units on another site In some cases a higher rate is charged in order to ensure a greater benefit is achieved or discourage the developers from using this option Although the use of fees in lieu appears to contradict inclusionary principles it has at least two notable benefits It enables the municipalities to exact contributions in an equitable way from small projects It also provides a source of funds that can be used to provide housing for households not well served by inclusionary developments Cost Offsets Most programs offer regulatory concessions directed at off setting either entirely or partially the losses incurred by the developers in providing the affordable units Density bonuses are the most common and generally most effective form of cost offsets Others include fee reductions or waivers fast tracked approvals and relaxed development standards like lower parking standards reduced setback and coverage requirements and higher height limits These cost offsets notably do not include financial subsidies Those few programs that do utilize financial subsidies use them to achieve additional or more affordable units than otherwise required No inclusionary programs rely on financial subsidies to provide affordable housing Affordability Controls The affordability and occupancy of the units are controlled to ensure that

    Original URL path: http://www.inclusionaryhousing.ca/2010/01/introduction-to-inclusionary-housing-programs/ (2013-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive



  • So Who Says Inclusionary Housing is a Good Thing? « Inclusionary Housing Canada
    through letters to the Province and position papers has repeatedly made clear its support for inclusionary housing The most recent correspondence a letter from the Chair of the RPCO to the Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on 12 April 2010 opened with this statement I am writing to again express our support for thedevelopment of explicit policies and legislation to enable municipalities to require the provision of inclusionary housing Read this letter in full In a letter of December 21 2009 from the Chair of the RPCO to the Director of the Housing Policy Branch of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to provide input to the Province s Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy one of the three key issues identified as creative new ideas that would improve the current housing system was the following Provision of conditional or inclusionary zoning powers to enable municipalities to effectively implement the housing goals and objectives of the Provincial Policy Statement and Growth Plan especially the provision of affordable housing In an earlier letter dated March 26 2008 to the Director of the Provincial Planning Branch the Chair urged the following That conditional or inclusionary zoning powers be introduced to permit municipalities to secure affordable rental and ownership housing in new developments It is our belief that conditional or inclusionary zoning powers for affordable housing purposes are a necessary tool to enable municipalities to effectively implement the Provincial Policy Statement and Growth Plan objectives In April 2006 in a follow up to their position paper of August 2004 the RPCO wrote to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing asking for legislation to ensure that all municipalities and the City of Toronto have clear power to use zoning with conditions to achieve housing policy goals including affordable housing development In April 2005 the RPCO made a submission to the Province recommending that the Growth Plan provisions for affordable housing include powers for municipalities to use inclusionary zoning or conditional zoning to achieve new affordable housing in developments In August 2004 the RPCO submitted a position paper to the province on Planning Reforms asking for improved planning tools to increase the supply of affordable housing including specifically inclusionary zoning powers or conditional zoning powers Back to the top City of London Ontario In a resolution passed on October 5 2009 the City of London Ontario endorsed Cheri DiNovo s Private Members Bill 198 An Act to Amend the Planning Act with respect to inclusionary housing Back to the top Ontario Non Profit Housing Association Ontario Non Profit Housing Association ONPHA represents 770 non profit housing providers in over 220 communities across Ontario In its Call for an Effective Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy approved at its Annual General Meeting on October 19 2008 ONPHA called for the provincial government when developing its long term Affordable Housing Strategy to include Provincial tools from which local communities can draw to formulate locally customized and municipally approved housing plans with such tools including

    Original URL path: http://www.inclusionaryhousing.ca/2010/04/so-who-says-inclusionary-housing-is-a-good-thing/ (2013-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • admin « Inclusionary Housing Canada
    legislature and said We re very supportive of Inclusionary Housing We want to make sure we get it right Mr Duncan s remarks were in response to a question from Cheri Di Novo MPP for Parkdale High Park about why the government majority on a legislative committee killed her private members bill Bill 58 on Inclusionary Housing Mr Duncan referred to the bill as helpful input and a step towards getting it right on Inclusionary Housing Read the full post Category Campaign Province Ontario Leave a comment Strengthen Ontario s Provincial Policy Statement as one tool to meet the province s housing needs By admin on October 24th 2010 The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is undertaking a review of the Provincial Policy Statement on land use and planning A strengthened Provincial Policy Statement can be an important tool for communities across the province to ensure all Ontarians have access to a healthy and affordable home Read the Wellesley Institute submission to the review Submission to the review can be made until October 29 2010 Please consider writing your own submission or sending a letter of support for the Wellesley Institute submission Submission may be sent to Provincial Policy Statement Review Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Provincial Planning Policy Branch 777 Bay St 14th Floor Toronto ON M5G 2E5 If you make a submission or write a letter please send a copy to Michael Shapcott Director Affordable Housing and Social Innovation The Wellesley Institute 45 Charles Street East 101 Toronto Ontario Canada M4Y 1S2 michael wellesleyinstitute com Read the full post Category What s New Leave a comment Inclusionary Housing Bill Passes Second Reading in Ontario Legislature By admin on June 4th 2010 On Thursday June 3 Bill 58 Planning Amendment Act Enabling Municipalities to Require Inclusionary Housing

    Original URL path: http://www.inclusionaryhousing.ca/author/admin/ (2013-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Uncategorized « Inclusionary Housing Canada
    in Ontario Legislature Recent Comments Working Group Contributors Richard Drdla Archives Select Month December 2010 October 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 Opening the Doors to Inclusionary Housing in Canada By admin on January 21st 2010 Creating Affordable Housing by Harnessing the Power of Private Development Inclusionary housing programs are municipal programs that rely upon the development regulations and approval process to have private developers provide some portion of the housing within their new market projects as affordable housing This website has been created to assist community members activists government planners policy makes and housing developers to gain a better appreciation of Inclusionary Housing as a policy and program tool to increase the supply of affordable housing in our neighbourhoods and communities Why We need it An important part the Ontario Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy A vision of Toronto with Inclusionary Housing How It works Introduction to Inclusionary Housing Case Studies Recommended Reading So Who Says Inclusionary Housing is a Good Idea Click here to find out Read the full post Category Uncategorized Comments are closed Case Study Chicago Community Land Trust By Richard Drdla on January 20th 2010 Chicago

    Original URL path: http://www.inclusionaryhousing.ca/category/uncategorized/ (2013-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • What’s New « Inclusionary Housing Canada
    and procedures This model is generally called inclusionary zoning and might be described as American style inclusionary housing In any case this particular model has not been used in Canada It is not expected that the American model will be fully adopted in this country Different priorities regulations and mechanisms are likely to emerge here Also some of the aspects of the US programs cannot be readily imported Nevertheless considering that these practices have been tried and tested for well over 30 years and in many different communities this experience offers an invaluable starting point for developing corresponding programs in this country Read the full guide Read the full post Category What s New Leave a comment Affordable Housing Mandates By Richard Drdla on December 2nd 2010 This report reviews the affordable housing mandates that have been used by uppertier jurisdictions in the US and Canada The mandates include those in the four states of New Jersey California Massachusetts and Connecticut the two provinces of British Columbia and Ontario and the two metropolitan areas of Portland Oregon and Minneapolis St Paul Minnesota also called the Twin Cities These mandates in various but similar ways harness the planning regulations and associated development approval process to assist in the provision of affordable housing These mandates go well beyond expecting municipalities to use what might be called good planning practices like providing sufficient development land zoning for higher densities and cutting municipal red tape Under these mandates municipalities are obliged to support the provision of affordable housing in an affirmative way That means that the municipalities are required to assist in some way that will lower the cost of the housing and make it affordable specifically to lower income households These mandates set quantified targets for the municipalities as a way of defining

    Original URL path: http://www.inclusionaryhousing.ca/category/whats-new/ (2013-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Campaign – Province Ontario « Inclusionary Housing Canada
    legislature and said We re very supportive of Inclusionary Housing We want to make sure we get it right Mr Duncan s remarks were in response to a question from Cheri Di Novo MPP for Parkdale High Park about why the government majority on a legislative committee killed her private members bill Bill 58 on Inclusionary Housing Mr Duncan referred to the bill as helpful input and a step towards getting it right on Inclusionary Housing Read the full post Category Campaign Province Ontario Leave a comment Inclusionary Housing Bill Passes Second Reading in Ontario Legislature By admin on June 4th 2010 On Thursday June 3 Bill 58 Planning Amendment Act Enabling Municipalities to Require Inclusionary Housing 2010 passed second reading in the Ontario legislature and referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills This bill was the same as one that was introduced in the Legislature last fall and needed to come forward again after the new session was started this spring The purpose of the bill is to amend the Planning Act to allow municipalities to introduce Inclusionary Housing By Laws and programs The content of the bill can be read here The Hansard debate on Bill 58 can be read here A list of the MPPs who voted in favour of the bill can be read here Read the full post Category Campaign Province Ontario What s New Leave a comment Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario Make Strong Case for Inclusionary Housing By admin on May 3rd 2010 The Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario RPCO represents the planning directors commissioners and other senior planning officials of municipal governments across Ontario Its current membership includes the Cities of Chatham Kent Guelph Greater Sudbury Hamilton Kingston London Ottawa Thunder Bay and Windsor the Regional Municipalities of Durham

    Original URL path: http://www.inclusionaryhousing.ca/category/taking-action/campaigns/campaign-province-ontario/ (2013-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive