Bill 58, amendment to the planning act passed second reading at Queen's Park yesterday. If passed the bill would give Ontario's municipalities the power to enact 'inclusionary zoning' policies. Inclusionary zoning works by granting developers increased density in new residential developments in exchange for including a percentage of affordable housing units.
The bill was brought forward by NDP MPP Cheri Dinovo, and won support from a number of Liberal MPP's as well. ACORN Canada as been calling the Ontario Government to make inclusionary zoning legislation a key plank in the planned Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy.
Many thanks go out to all of you who sent a message to Municipal Affairs Minister Jim Bradley - his Deputy Minister for Housing MPP Donna Cansfield was one of the Liberal MPP's who voted in support of the bill. There will be more to come as this campaign progresses.