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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    IDEA: In line w Cllr Burbach’s question/comment at the Jan 23rd Council mtg. Invite cooperative housing experts (including not-for-profit experts) to join social services and reps from other housing-related gov departments in your working group. Housing developed/owned/maintained by the people who live in it can ensure it remains sustainably affordable (and in good condition) long term. This model can be applied to townhouse and tiny communities as well as multiplexes.

    MzNiks asked 2 days ago

     

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    IDEA: City acts as co-developer, partnering with future homeowners to create more diverse and attainable options for housing -  Two examples: * 1. purchasing buildings or holding city-owned buildings and servicing the buildings with heat, water etc then allowing buyers to choose/build their housing (or live/workspace) configuration (e.g. 800 sq ft 2nd floor home, 250 sq ft street level storefront, 600 sq ft street level home adjacent to 300 sq ft storefront etc).  John van Nostrand has some experience doing this in Hamilton. I suspect more local architects might also be able to take a project like this on (Robert Ritz?). * 2. purchasing land or holding city-owned land and servicing it with the infrastructure for (heat, water, foundations etc) for a number of tiny homes. Allow future homeowners to rent (at nominal rate) or hold lots in trust; then build their home at the size and configuration that is affordable for them.  The tiny homes can be constructed (secured to foundations) in such a way that they could move with the owner, down the line, leaving the (serviced) lot for another homeowner.  Again local architects have some experience with tiny design and might be able to take something like this on (eg Hive Design?). The City helping to secure contractors/materials might allow for better rates for each individual home builder/owner through bulk purchases (economy of scale).

    MzNiks asked 3 days ago

     

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    IDEA: City acts as developer, using city owned land/property and working in collaboration with architects, builders and other contractors to build/reno/maintain homes keeping purchase costs attainable and sustainably affordable (by city's OP definition) in perpetuity.

    MzNiks asked 3 days ago

     

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    IDEA: Offering incentives/subsidies/grants to potential landlords to service their properties with the infrastructure (heat, water, foundations, fire access etc) for small/tiny detached secondary suites and build grannies, garden, carriage house suites. In exchange the land owners agree to cap how much they charge for the rental ($100 per 100 sq feet)

    MzNiks asked 3 days ago

     

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    IDEA: Jason Davis’ wartime/tiny homes plan deserves consideration

    MzNiks asked 3 days ago

     

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    IDEA: Facilitating a stakeholders brainstorming session for the people who actually need affordable homes and the experts they'd like to see at the table (eg not-for-profit developers, local architects, planners from local/successful attainable/affordable housing projects, housing experts etc would go a long way to generating a more diverse, effective and sustainable Community Incentives Toolkit /Community Incentives Plan

    MzNiks asked 3 days ago

     

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    IDEA: I agree with Jason Davis’ suggestion (see his Jan 23rd delegation to council) for attainable caps on what landlords who receive incentives in this program can charge tenants. A cap for bachelor apts needs to be set as well.

    MzNiks asked 3 days ago

     

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    What does this mean. Affordable to the income level of the household

    Howard MacDonald. asked 10 days ago

    The current definition of affordable housing within our 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan was adopted by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Company, which defines it as:

    In Canada, housing is considered “affordable” if it costs less than 30% of a household’s before-tax income. Many people think the term “affordable housing” refers only to rental housing that is subsidized by the government. In reality, it’s a very broad term that can include housing provided by the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

    The Definition of attainable housing adopted by the City of Stratford on May 9, 2022 is:

    Attainable housing refers to housing that is :

    • Affordable to the income level of the household
    • Available for that household
    • Appropriate to the circumstances of the household including of suitable quality.
    • Actionable in that it is an option the household can put into action.


    With Bill 23 being released, these definitions will be reviewed to ensure the meanings match what is outlined within the context of this Bill.

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    Is there going to be a cap on how high these landowners can charge for rent in an apartment? What about tiny houses ?they are a quick way to get housing to the people of Stratford. I feel that this is all based on how much money landowners and other people can make from the needs of other people, we should not be exploring the misfortune of the lower and middle class people. Which is kind of what I feel like I am seeing in the housing and rental markets. It is crazy to charge 1700 dollars for a one bedroom apartment. For me I will be asking the management companies and the people if they have any unreported suites I don't want it to be renovated if it's gonna boost the rent to a high expensive price that I cannot pay for. Why should I have to move into a place that I can't afford the rent on only to get evicted because I could not pay the rent. That just is not financially or logically feasible. Would you move into a place that cost 2500 when you only bring home 3000 dollars in a month, I would always be in arrears with everything that I am paying( ie: rent bills phone car repairs ect.)

    Howard MacDonald. asked 10 days ago

    Tools for maintaining the attainability (price) of the dwelling longer term will be contained within the Community Incentives Toolkit.

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    At the recent open house someone I was talking to brought up a good point that nowhere in the presentation was “green” or energy efficient construction brought up. A home is much more affordable if it costs less to heat and cool. Could this be added to the plan?

    John Lewis asked 2 months ago

    The focus of this project is to provide community incentive options to add attainable units.  Building materials and efficiencies are not part of the initial scope of this project, but can be considered in future work.

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