Burlington may force builders to include more affordable housing in future high-rise developments


Published January 12, 2022 at 2:31 pm

When the City of Burlington starts its next stage of growth, one that will be focused largely around the three local GO Stations, they’re considering an option that would include affordable housing units.

Inclusionary zoning is a tool that could allow the city to force or incentivize developers to increase the supply of housing that is affordable to a broader range of income levels.

The process to allow the practice at GO development areas is already underway.

City staff are working on a mandatory Municipal Assessment Report that will include some of the findings in the Housing Needs and Opportunities Report. That is expected to be completed in April.

This is a relatively new tool in Canada and has been adopted by only a few jurisdictions in the U.S.

For their part, developers are often given exemptions to density bylaws that allow them to build and sell more units.

This will be an ongoing issue during the city’s discussions around future development.

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