Stratford Attainable Housing Project

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Stratford Attainable Housing Project logoAn Attainable Market Housing Community Incentives Toolkit (CIT) and an Attainable Market Housing Pilot Project are currently being developed for the City of Stratford.

What is a Community Incentives Toolkit?
What is the purpose of this project?

To address challenges in the availability and attainability of suitable and adequate housing, the City of Stratford is researching and developing an Attainable Market Housing Community Incentives Toolkit (CIT), and Attainable Market Housing Pilot Project to encourage the generation of more attainable housing.

The aim of the Community Incentives Toolkit (CIT) is to encourage private sector investment into housing within the community, while also identifying projects and initiatives that may be implemented by the Municipality to assist in housing availability and attainability.

If approved by Council and in place, the project could see the City provide financial incentives, in the form of grants, loans, rebates, and tax assistance, to eligible landowners and tenants to help with physical improvements to private property. The creation of this Attainable Market Housing CIT would help the City incentivize the private sector and generate more attainable housing options. The project could also include the revision of existing planning policies to further increase opportunities for the provision of attainable housing in Stratford.

What is the process?

The CIT will be prepared through a Five-Stage Work Program, with an anticipated completion date for the CIT in March 2023, after which it will be considered by City Council for adoption.

How can I get involved?

There are a number of engagement sessions being held throughout the project, and information about those opportunities will be posted here on Engage Stratford.

Currently, there is a question-and-answer tool below, with answers to many of the questions that have been submitted so far.

A public survey that was offered in October has now been completed.

Stakeholder consultations and an in-person public open house were held on November 23, 2022, and the display boards from the open house are available in the Documents section at right.

The Lifecyle information will list additional opportunities to provide feedback once details have been finalized.

Stratford Attainable Housing Project logoAn Attainable Market Housing Community Incentives Toolkit (CIT) and an Attainable Market Housing Pilot Project are currently being developed for the City of Stratford.

What is a Community Incentives Toolkit?
What is the purpose of this project?

To address challenges in the availability and attainability of suitable and adequate housing, the City of Stratford is researching and developing an Attainable Market Housing Community Incentives Toolkit (CIT), and Attainable Market Housing Pilot Project to encourage the generation of more attainable housing.

The aim of the Community Incentives Toolkit (CIT) is to encourage private sector investment into housing within the community, while also identifying projects and initiatives that may be implemented by the Municipality to assist in housing availability and attainability.

If approved by Council and in place, the project could see the City provide financial incentives, in the form of grants, loans, rebates, and tax assistance, to eligible landowners and tenants to help with physical improvements to private property. The creation of this Attainable Market Housing CIT would help the City incentivize the private sector and generate more attainable housing options. The project could also include the revision of existing planning policies to further increase opportunities for the provision of attainable housing in Stratford.

What is the process?

The CIT will be prepared through a Five-Stage Work Program, with an anticipated completion date for the CIT in March 2023, after which it will be considered by City Council for adoption.

How can I get involved?

There are a number of engagement sessions being held throughout the project, and information about those opportunities will be posted here on Engage Stratford.

Currently, there is a question-and-answer tool below, with answers to many of the questions that have been submitted so far.

A public survey that was offered in October has now been completed.

Stakeholder consultations and an in-person public open house were held on November 23, 2022, and the display boards from the open house are available in the Documents section at right.

The Lifecyle information will list additional opportunities to provide feedback once details have been finalized.

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    This project is being lead by Invest Stratford. Invest Stratford is a company set up by the city help the business community. So my question is: Whose interests are Invest Stratford representing the private developers and builders or the people of Stratford? Is this the reason for the hugely market driven approach and numerous subsidies planned for private builders? I didn’t see anything at the open house about the city acting as developer and building the types of housing the people of Stratford need.

    John Lewis asked 10 days ago

    Helping the business community means supporting workforce development efforts. Our companies are telling us one significant barrier to finding employees is the lack of adequate housing.  This project is looking specifically at attainably priced dwellings as a way to increase the available workforce in the community. This project isn’t considering City-owned housing developments, as that represents a much-needed, but different component of the housing spectrum.  It is specifically reviewing the opportunities for public-private partnerships to create attainable housing units.

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    Who, specifically, was invited to the stakeholder brainstorming sessions being held in advance of the public open house on the November 23rd? How was this invite list developed and by whom?

    MzNiks asked 12 days ago

    A range of stakeholders were included in the sessions, including not-for-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, the financial sector, developers, builders as well as professionals working in the housing space.

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    Is it possible to create a municipal policy that makes it illegal to complete the purchase of a home without a full inspection (i.e. guarantees the provision of a conditional offer). A disturbing trend in this current housing market is for buyers to put in "as is" offers out of fear their offer will be passed over if they insist on an inspection. When buyers then rent out the home/s and discover unanticipated repair costs, their tenants often suffer with substandard living conditions.

    MzNiks asked 12 days ago

    This would be a Provincial matter for regulation.

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    If part of the definition of attainable, as stated here, on this project's web page, is "1. Affordable to the income level of the household" , why isn't the project concerning itself with developing policy tools to address affordability at all income levels in the community? Please explain how you envision building homes for median income households (approximately $70,000 annually) will result in affordable housing for lower income individuals?

    MzNiks asked 12 days ago

    The focus of this project is the attainably priced dwelling inventory, but all levels of affordability are critically important. The City of Stratford Social Services department is collaborating with community partners to prevent and reduce homelessness, as well as working to sustain and support social and community housing.  Also, the second phase of the Britannia Street Affordable Housing project is under construction and will create an additional 27 affordable rental units. In response to the second part of your question, when a family currently living in community housing can move to an attainably priced dwelling, that community housing unit becomes available to another family in need.

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    How would Bill 23 affect the definition of attainable being applied to this project? How would it change the provincial planning policy guiding this project?

    MzNiks asked 12 days ago

    It is still too early to determine exactly how Bill 23 will affect this project, but it's certainly something that will have to be considered.

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    Which private land owners is the project planning to target with incentives to invest in "attainable" housing. Where in Stratford is their land located?

    MzNiks asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for your questions. There are no specific land owners that are being targeted through this initiative, and all could be eligible to participate. Should an incentive package be approved, it would apply across the entire City.

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    So is this homes to own or apartments to rent?

    Cmunro asked 12 days ago

    Thanks for your question. This project could involve both homes to own and apartments to rent.

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    Where will the money come from that the City will use to provide the financial incentives that make up the CIT?

    Alan asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your question Alan. Some of the options that may be considered for funding any of the programs recommended under the incentives toolkit include the tax levy, levy-funded reserves, or potential grants from upper levels of government.

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    How is Attainable Housing different from market housing?

    Mike asked 17 days ago

    Market housing is simply anything currently on the market at any given time. Attainable housing ensures that the housing conditions of any household are affordable to their income level, available at the time they need it, appropriate quality and size for the household and immediately actionable for the household. 

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    How is ‘attainable’ being defined? Who is responsible for developing the methodology to define this?

    Daniel asked 23 days ago

    Excellent question. At this time, the provincial and City definitions of attainable are being reviewed and discussed to determine whether these definitions are actionable under the provincial planning policy guiding this project. There are also a number of other definitions of attainable being used across the province by other municipalities and non-profits. The definition of attainable is one that we are reviewing and discussing as part of this project.

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