Ontario’s anti-sprawl restrictions not a factor in housing shortage, government says

By Jessica Smith Cross, Ottawa Citizen, April 10, 2017

TORONTO — The Ontario government is dismissing suggestions that the province’s anti-sprawl policies are contributing to housing supply shortage and soaring home prices in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Developers argue that easing restrictions on construction of detached homes and townhouses on “greenfield” land — areas set aside by municipalities for development as part of Ontario’s growth plan a decade ago — could help boost supply.

The province is expected to release its updated growth plan this spring after years of consultations, but preliminary recommendations suggest it will be more restrictive of low-rise homes, with higher intensification and density targets aimed at limiting urban sprawl.


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