Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, proposes extensive changes to a number of Acts and regulations across Ontario. These changes have been broken into categories such as, housing, financial implications, parkland, heritage and sustainability.
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Bill 23 has changed several important areas of land use planning. Rules around the number units per lot, their minimum size and the role of Site Plan in design have been significantly impacted.
Exempting the 3 unit “gentle intensification” from Development Charges (DC) means more homes, built faster.
Exempting affordable, attainable and inclusionary zoning units from DCs means more opportunity.
Requiring a discount on development charges for purpose-built rentals, and a greater discount for larger units means more flexibility.
Removing cost of studies from development charges means lower costs.
The height limit on “minor corridors” has been increased from 4 storeys to 6.
Hundreds of acres of land have been added to the urban boundary to make room for building new subdivisions.
What does this mean for you?
a) New greenfields and environmentally sensitive lands will be open to new suburban developments.
b) Much greater intensification within the urban boundary.
c) Development proposals will be fast-tracked without regard to their design or the impact to households already in affordable housing.
d) Revenues that would normally accrue to the city to build things will be significantly reduced.
e) There will be less municipal oversight and community influence over developments, and the statutory basis to force those to be more sustainable will be gone.