Written by Stephanie Cantlay
July 28, 2022
Development Intern, Stephanie Cantlay, attended Elevation 2.0, the Canadian Institute of Planners’ (CIP) National Conference. This blog series will summarize one final session and highlight the themes that emerged from the conference. We also encourage readers to engage with our digital whiteboard conference summary.
Presented by: Jill MacLellan & Kasia Tota (Halifax Regional Municipality
“A mid-size city with big housing problems”
Affordable housing is not just an issue for large municipalities and unfortunately is a concern for mid-size, rural and remote communities as well. Jill MacLellan and Kasia Tota explained the history of housing and social policies to provide context for the recent urban housing policy decisions, including some policies below:
Through its density bonusing policy, Halifax Regional Municipality is building a reserve to fund its affordable housing grant program. Additionally, development and zoning permits are waived for non-profit affordable housing projects.
Halifax Regional Municipality was a municipal stream recipient of the Rapid Housing Initiative to provide deeply affordable units for those experiencing homelessness. The projects were spread out across the municipality, including rural areas and highlight the importance of rural affordable housing projects. Although the urban plan is complete for the Halifax Regional Municipality, the suburban and rural plans are still in progress and will require separate policies to address the specific needs of affordable housing in theses areas.
The theme and guiding principles of elevation, new heights, moving forward and upward, vantage points, and taking paths to explore were observed as it relates to municipal housing policies.
Finally, common successes and challenges or barriers to affordable housing were present throughout the presentations.
Affordable housing for whom?
Opposition to development
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July 28, 2022