TORONTO DEVELOPERS ASK PROVINCE TO EASE ANTI-SPRAWL POLICIES

Apr 09, 2017

By Christine Ross

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The Ontario government is dismissing suggestions that it’s anti-sprawl policies are contributing to the housing shortage and soaring home prices in the GTA and Hamilton. Developers argue that easing restrictions on construction of detached homes and townhouses on “greenfield” land set aside by municipalities as part of Ontario’s growth plan a decaDe ago, could boost supply. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) wants to province to make changes to its growth plan to allow developers to build more low-rise buildings on unbuilt land in the GTHA. Association president Bryan Tuckey says the restrictive growth plan called “Places to Grow” is contributing to the housing shortage and soaring prices. The Liberals have promised housing affordability measures in this spring’s budget.

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