Progressive and Responsible Development
This year (2022), Regional Council voted against any boundary expansion until the year 2041. We just had a Provincial election with all parties sharing the same vision to build 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years. This would assist in bringing the shortage of homes to suitable levels after years of municipal governments suppressing development. The decision by Council to not permit boundary expansion, is driven by interested parties and political agendas.
Under terms set by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, cities and regions must have a plan to accommodate provincially set population and job targets 30 years into the future. In Halton’s case, the region has to show it is ready to be home to 1.1 million people and 500,000 jobs by 2051.
Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT)
There are currently 17 applications in Ward 2 for multiunit buildings, of which 9 are before the OLT. The challenge is the Mayor has taken away any leverage on negotiating terms with the OLT. The Province has plans to build 1.5 million new homes in the next 10 years and Halton Region is part of those plans. With population data suggesting 1.1 million over next 25 years...closing off boundary expansion north of Hwy 5 was not a good decision.
Marianne Ward campaigns the decision is to protect farmland, however this land is owned by various developers and may be farmed in certain sections to maintain agricultural tax breaks. Let's call this for what it is...Mayor Marianne Ward wants to protect homeowners equity and create exclusivity.