Mississauga debating inclusionary zoning policy to expand affordable housing

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Mississauga’s planning and development committee will consider implementing an inclusionary zoning policy that would force new developments to include affordable housing units. Currently, inclusionary zoning is only allowed to be used in major transit station areas or other areas directed by the Government of Ontario.

At a public meeting on May 30 at 1:30 p.m., staff will provide an update on the:

  • size and type of projects where inclusionary zoning will apply
  • percentage of affordable units required
  • areas where inclusionary zoning will be used
  • amount of time units must remain affordable
  • implementation timeframe

Housing affordability is a major issue in Mississauga and the wider GTA and Mississauga staff are recommending inclusionary zoning policies as “an important tool the cit can use to protect and grow the affordable housing supply.”

Since the adoption of Making Room for the Middle – A Housing Strategy for Mississauga in 2017, various strategies have been implemented to improve housing affordability for Mississauga’s middle-income households. Inclusionary zoning was identified as one of the tools in the strategy.

The public meeting will be live streamed, however, advance registration is required to participate and/or make a comment virtually during the meeting. Email deputations.presentations@mississauga.ca or call 905-615-3200 ext. 4915 to register.

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