Vaughan, Ont., Sep 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Home Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) is disappointed with a decision released today by the Ontario Divisional Court which indicates that the government Provincial erred in failing to consult the public on changes to Ministerial Zoning Orders, or MZOs.
“MZOs are a much needed tool because the development approval process in some municipalities is far too slow,” said RESCON President Richard Lyall. “Projects can get stuck due to redundant paperwork or a bureaucratic blockage. Often times, MZOs are just the only way to move a project forward. “
Ontario is going through a housing crisis. We have the lowest number of housing units per capita of any G7 country, and prices for new construction and existing homes have increased. In July, the average selling price of a single-family home in the GTA increased 21.7%. Prices for semi-detached and row houses have also increased. The lack of inventory also led to bidding wars for existing homes and rentals.
Ontario produces about 25,000 less homes per year than our demographic needs. Waiting lists for social housing have never been longer. Thousands of young families cannot find housing. Until the system is repaired, MZOs are an appropriate intervention in housing-related situations.
The government introduced Bill 197 and an improved MZO, in the face of a rapidly evolving pandemic. The aim was to cut red tape and speed up the development of essential projects that contribute to our security. We cannot allow red tape to put our health and safety at risk.
MZOs serve a purpose under the right circumstances, and it is often the municipalities that have often asked the Ministry of Housing to intervene. It is an essential tool that can be used to support and accelerate the implementation of government priorities, including transit-oriented communities, affordable housing and long-term care homes by eliminating barriers. potential obstacles and approval delays. Municipalities often take too long to update their zoning rules to align with provincial land use planning policy. This ultimately affects the speed of the supply of new housing entering the market.
“The use of MZOs reflects a systemic problem in the planning approval process,” says Lyall. “The current system, quite simply, is inefficient and needs to be modernized and digitized.
Going forward, we need the entire development and construction approval process to be online. However, we are not even close to what is happening. Right now, there are too many government agencies and departments with all their fingers in the cake, which only bogs down the approval process. “
Context of RESCON: RESCON is the province’s premier association of home builders committed to leadership and innovation in the industry.
CONTACT: Grant Cameron RESCON 905-638-1706 [email protected]