Proposed changes to the rules of where developers can build will allow more sprawl, eat up more farmland, threaten our rivers, wetlands and forests.
Ontario Bill 108 – More Homes, More Choice – along with changes to the province’s Growth Plan, make it easier for sprawl developers to pave over farmland, forests and wetlands. Changes to Conservation Authorities means more development near important natural areas, increasing the risk of flooding. Allowing development to bump up against the protected Greenbelt threatens its future due to pressure for more sprawl.
Ontario needs to build up, not out.This doesn’t mean massive highrises. It can be low and mid rise buildings, townhomes and small homes, close to schools, shops and public transit, instead of monster sprawl homes in car-dependent suburbs on former farms. Building up will help preserve natural areas. We also need to build more affordable housing to make sure every Ontarian has a place to live.
We can do this by:
- Reversing the changes in Bill 108 and the Growth Plan that make it easier for sprawl developers to build on farmland and wetlands
Encouraging more building in existing areas near public transit, instead of building car-dependent suburbs.
- Revitalizing town and city centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to make them places to live that are near jobs and amenities that are easy to reach by walking, cycling and public transit
- Restoring the mandate of Conservation Authorities to prevent development in flood prone areas and important natural areas
Not allowing the return of the Ontario Municipal Board. OMB hearings are expensive with the costs passed onto homebuyers and taxpayers. Also, an unelected board shouldn’t have the final say on major community planning projects
- Requiring inclusionary zoning in all urban developments. Inclusionary zoning means a percentage of units – from 10% to 30% are made available at a reduced price to create affordable housing. This is needed because in urban areas, simply building more units does not reduce prices or make housing affordable.
- Make it easier for non-profit developers to build in urban areas. This will also increase the availability of affordable housing.