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Shifting affordable housing burden to developers

Thursday, October 06, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Joe Hoffer

Ontario’s Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 (Bill 204) has passed “first reading” stage, but it is the subject of great interest and concern to land use planning stakeholders, including municipalities, the development industry and legal advisers to these stakeholders.

The legislation is a major component of the province’s “Affordable Housing Strategy” and proposes the use of land use restrictions in order to force the inclusion of “affordable housing” in any new private development or redevelopment which involves residential uses.

Under Bill 204 municipalities may deny development...