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Housing Affordability

In order to have affordable housing, we need to build homes in great abundance, and without that, other affordability strategies such as rent control and inclusionary zoning will be fruitless & counterproductive, as we're currently experiencing.  Listed below are the total number of residential permits Brampton has issued over time:


YEAR

UNITS CREATED

2018*

1,541

2017

2,985

2016

4,043

2015

5,449

2014

4,366

2013

3,071

2012

5,940

2011

3,775

2010

3,515

2009

1,260

2008

1,885

2007

6,694

2006

4,912

2005

2,616

2004

9,573

2003

6,670

2002

6,462

2001

4,958

2000

5,318

1999

3,240

1998

2,590

1997

3,032

1996

2,027

1995

1,505

1994

1,824

1993

1,408

1992

2,260

1991

1,053

1990

1,554

1989

1,645

1988

3,524

1987

3,440

1986

2,923

1985

2,553

1984

2,072

1983

2,211

1982

2,509

1981

3,168

1980

2,338

1979

1,860

1978

3,315

1977

4,237

1976

2,949

1975

2,203

* Up to July 2018





Missing Middle Housing Types:


As of Jan. 2018 mortgage rules blew a cool wind over every Canadian real estate market with the exception of of a few cities including Montreal which demonstrates the power of “missing middle” housing on a massive scale:

  • Gives most land to low & mid-rise apartments
  • Little land to detached & single-family houses or high-rises
  • Instead it builds three-story walkup apartments 

In order to reverse the tide of homelessness & put the brakes on rising rents we need to expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary:

  • Accessible housing for people with disabilities
  • Affordable rental housing units for all
  • Accessory Dwelling Units or granny flats
  • Bungalow Courts
  • Courtyard Apartments
  • Duplex
  • Triplex
  • Fourplex
  • Multiplex
  • Live/ Work Units
  • Single Room Occupancy (Microapartments)

Read more Remove zoning roadblocks




Dedicated Revenue Source

Websites that charge a fee to post ad located in Brampton would be required to collect a "rental advertising tax (RAT)" of  1% of one (1) months rent & remit payment to  the city on a monthly basis for the following categories:

  • Room Rentals & Roommates
  • House Rental
  • Apartments & Condos for Rent
  • Short Term Rentals  


Formula

(Fee to post ad)+ (HST) + ((One Month Rent)x(1%))


RAT calculation example:

Monthly Rent: $600 x 1%= $6 Rental Advertising Tax


Exclusions:

  • MLS® Listings synced through CREA to Kijiji


Revenue generated goes to "affordable housing fund":

  • Homelessness prevention
  • Overnight/Emergency Shelter/Transitional housing
  • Tenant-based rental assistance / Rapid Rehousing
  • Supporting Single Room Occupancy (SRO) & family housing by developing, rehabilitating, or arranging special financing for properties in target areas where shelter programs that also offer support services and job creation opportunities can be closely linked
  • Subsidizing a portion of the monthly rental obligation through the allocation of a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) made directly to the landlord





Density Bonus for developers

  • Setting aside a percentage of units is NOT ALLOWED
  • Allow additional square footage to residential developments located close to transit to exceed the guidelines set in the Zoning By-Laws in exchange for a fixed fee to the Affordable Housing Fund.
  • Applies to residential developments of ten or more units and is triggered whenever a development project receives a zoning change, City land or financial assistance, or is located in a downtown Planned Development
  • $175,000 downtown
  • $125,000 in higher-income areas
  • $50,000 in low/moderate-income areas


Second Suites

  • With Ryerson University on the horizon & rapid population growth and the City is expecting an increase in illegal second units & we need to cancel The Secondary Unit Task Force & use the budgeted funds of $751,000 to reward rather than penalize owners for legalizing non-conforming suites

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The reason being units that require major improvements will result in the displacement of people & with a shortage of housing supply especially cheap rentals a surge in homelessness will occur.

Let's try this instead:


  • Property owners who come forward can get up to 100% rebate on the retrofit if they dedicate retrofitted suite to permanent affordable housing:

  • 10 years - 50% rebate
  • 15 years - 75% rebate
  • 25 years - 100% rebate
  • If they break the contract they repay the rebate + penalty

  • Could give a break on property taxes for a period of time, as is done for heritage preservation for those that don't provide affordable housing

  • Legalize for the future - it sets a new standard for secondary suites


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