Affordable Housing in King?

On May 31st council agenda there is a report on the subject of affordable housing in York Region; the report includes the request from the Region to King Township to support affordable housing over the next five years. As reviewed in the report there are a couple options as to how King could do this: provide 2 acres of land for Housing York Inc or not for profit or profit site dedicated to affordable housing; amend the Parkland dedication by law to exempt housing York from being required to pay Parkland fees. I agree with the comment in the report that a two acre allocation by King, which is the same request made to the larger urban lower tier municipalities of Vaughan or Markham is not appropriate; but I do believe that that King should participate in the effort to increase the availability of affordable housing in York Region. It seems to me a partnership of sorts with a for profit development could be very effective; specifically, a portion of the units to be sold at market price and a portion to be sold at the affordable housing price level. I know that this model has been executed successfully in Toronto.  It will be interesting to hear the discussion at council.

If you would like to comment on this report, you can send your email to [email protected] king.ca by Monday May 31st noon; or if you are interested in making a deputation on this subject you can register at [email protected] on same timing.

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