Greens Use Muskoka Housing Crisis To Highlight Their Housing Policy
Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner was in Bracebridge on Saturday with Ontario Green candidate Matt Richter highlighting the Ontario Greens’ plan to significantly increase housing supply by expanding zoning options in residential areas.
Schreiner says he spent the morning meeting with local residents and says “their voices are clear: there is a housing crisis in Parry-Sound Muskoka, plain and simple.”
He says the Greens will give residents more housing choices by making it easier to build duplexes and triplexes and add secondary suites. “Currently, zoning prevents the development of duplexes and triplexes in residential areas, and Ontario Greens will change that by updating the Planning Act to allow a minimum of duplex and triplex construction as-of-right in all residentially zoned areas.”
“Communities across the Parry-Sound Muskoka region are neck-deep in a housing affordability crisis that is unfortunately only getting worse,” Schreiner says. “In Huntsville for example, houses are selling for 30 to 40 per cent more than they were a year ago.”
The Greens are promising to build 100,000 affordable rental homes across the province, create 60,000 supportive housing units and implement a province-wide vacant homes tax.