By Jason Burggraaf, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed, March 3, 2022
On March 10, Ottawa’s planning committee is going to consider the city’s response to the Report from Ontario’s Housing Affordability Task Force, which features 55 recommendations to increase the supply of market housing to address the housing crisis.
The headline goal of the report is the need to add 1.5 million homes across the province over the next 10 years for our growing population and to regain ground we’ve lost in homes per population.
...The task force is recommending a number of supply-oriented measures, including: significant limits to exclusionary (R1) zoning; allowing up to four units and up to four storeys on a single residential lot; allowing six to 11 storeys on streets with public transit (what we call corridors here in Ottawa); and unrestricted height and density next to transit stations if municipal zoning doesn’t meet provincial density targets. These measures are important to meet Ottawa’s housing needs.