LOWER THE COST OF HOUSING

Housing is one of the most fundamental of human needs. It is also a key driver shaping the economic and social sustainability of communities, a vehicle for social inclusion and an important component of growth. Access to safe, affordable and adequate housing touches almost every aspect of a community’s well being and affects all of its members.

In Windsor-Essex, the average home sale price is 20% up, compared to 12 months ago. The Windsor-Essex County Realtors Association 2020 Economic Outlook, released in January 2020, noted that 2019 saw multiple listings receive offers over the asking price and is expecting housing activity to continue to improve.

If the issue is not properly addressed, the house prices -as well as- the property taxes in certain areas of the City, could rise by more than the income of their owners.

A House Sold over the asking price, in Windsor ON

Many communities, such as Brantford, Bruce County, Hamilton London, Ottawa and the county of Wellington, in Ontario, have developed affordable housing strategies that can assist other municipalities as they develop their own strategies to meet their local housing needs.

In the City of Windsor, we can learn from them and apply the winning strategies.

One of the most common zoning laws that drive up housing costs is restricting the development of apartments. Because apartments use less land per housing unit than single-family homes, they are the most affordable form of housing.

The development process itself has become increasingly long, complicated, and risky over the past decades – all factors that drive up the cost of newly built housing and limit the market’s ability to respond to demand.

Once elected as your City Councillor, I will encourage the City Council with the Engineering department to:

  • Implement new zoning laws that favor the development of apartments;

  • Work closely with other stakeholders to devise innovative ways to tackle and solve the homelessness issue;

  • Review the zoning tools, like caps on building height, minimum lot sizes, and parking requirements;

  • Invest in community housings;

  • Diminish, if not eliminate, most of the RED TAPES of the development process, including the costs associated with it;

  • Maintain a hold on property taxes‘ level.