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Cities protest ‘staggering’ losses Ford government’s Ontario housing bill could cause

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big cities Greater Toronto Area We are convening a council meeting to address the ferocious criticism of the housing legislation introduced by the Ford government.

Planners of local governments, etc. Markham, Mississauga and Toronto condemned the state bill twenty three, It was filed at the end of October because of the potentially devastating financial impact it could have on local governments.

At the heart of the criticism are concerns that the proposed changes will lead to dramatic property tax hikes and destruction of public services.

“Without other sources of funding to make up for this shortfall, the financial burden would fall to the property tax base,” a Markham staff report said, adding that the property tax would only be used to maintain existing services. We estimate that it could increase by 50-80%.

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The proposed bill — dubbed the More Homes Built Faster Act — was introduced on October 25, the day after local elections were held across Ontario, and has broad implications for cities.

To reduce the time and cost of building new homes, it cuts the funds and land developers that need to be provided to cities when building homes.

The city argues that the current developer cost system ensures that home builders pay the costs of servicing new residents rather than existing communities covering the costs.

It has passed the second reading and is on commission. This means that changes can still be made to documents that have taken so many local authorities by surprise.

“Our Housing Action Plan lays a strong foundation for building 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years,” said Local Government and Housing Minister Steve Clark in a media release.

“Our government is delivering on its commitment to Ontario by cutting delays and red tape to build more homes faster.”

The proposed new rule would reduce the amount builders would have to pay in development costs designed to ensure that new roads, libraries, sewers and other community services are paid for in many types of buildings. means

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The amount of parkland, or the money to build new parks, will also decrease.

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Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie told Global News, “Frankly, the state encourages housing construction behind local governments.

“This gives profitability to developing communities with the backing of local governments. They can’t afford to pay for infrastructure like roads, sewers and bridges, and they can’t afford to make housing more affordable. Is not.”

The mayor’s stinging words come before a special session where her new council considers new bills. Staff reports that Mississauga could lose as much as $885 million in revenue over the next 10 years as a result of the law.

The staff highlighted that changes to park rules could result in a “tremendous” potential loss of $560 million as a major issue.

The proposed law would also force cities to allocate or spend 60% of the funds developers give for parks within one year. Crombie said the change could make it even more difficult to find space in parks with significantly reduced funding.

“Considering we buy park land with the replacement funds we have, they are very opportunistic purchases and are not available every year. It depends on when the land becomes available.” she said.

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Toronto planners say the changes could even slow down the supply of new housing.

Reports submitted before city councilors anticipate underfunded local governments could make construction impossible.

“The proposed bill could also have the unintended effect of slowing housing supplies and degrading service levels in the city, resulting in the city being unable to provide new services to support growth. ‘ warns the report.

“Or it could put upward pressure on property taxes.”

The Ontario Municipal Association has a similar opinion, saying the proposed changes “could go against the goal of building homes in the long term.”

Mayor John Tory has expressed support for many aspects of the overhaul of the Ford administration, given his strong mayoral powers.

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Grim reports from Markham city officials suggest the law could lead to the division of the city.

Staff considered the potential need to cut local services and said the cuts “will affect how Markham’s new communities are planned, creating inequalities across the city in the ‘have and have-not areas’.” will produce,” he warned.

Planning staff in Oshawa reached the same conclusion, stating that “many proposed amendments to the cost of development law will result in ordinary taxpayers paying for growth rather than paying for growth.”

Gil Penalosa, an outspoken urbanist and former Toronto mayoral candidate, said the legislative impact could last for centuries.

“We are not just solving the housing crisis of the decade, we are creating communities for the next 100 to 300 years,” he told Global News. “So we can’t go crazy and do stupid things.”

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