It is a key goal of the Province and County to support a range and mix of housing options, including second units and affordable housing, to serve all sizes, incomes, and ages of households. In Oro-Medonte, a significant proportion of housing exists in the form of single-detached dwellings, and average household size is 2.6 persons (Statistics Canada, 2016).
Provincial & County Policy
The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) and the County of Simcoe Official Plan policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:
Healthy & Sustainable Communities
Permit and facilitate all forms of housing required to meet the social, health and well-being requirements of current and future residents, including special needs requirements, and all forms of residential intensification, including second units.
Direct development of new housing towards locations where appropriate levels of infrastructure and public service facilities are, or will be, available to support current and projected needs.
Promote densities for new housing which efficiently use land, resources, infrastructure and public service facilities, and support the use of active transportation.
Establish development standards for residential intensification, redevelopment and new residential development which minimize the cost of housing and facilitate compact form, while maintaining appropriate levels of public health and safety.
Provide for an appropriate range and mix of housing types and densities required to meet projected requirements of current and future residents of the regional market area.
Permit second units
Maintain at all times the ability to accommodate residential growth for a minimum of 10 years through intensification and redevelopment and, if necessary, lands which are designated and available for residential development.
Maintain at all times, where new development is to occur, land with servicing capacity sufficient to provide at least a three-year supply of residential units available through lands suitably zoned to facilitate residential intensification and redevelopment, and land in draft approved and registered plans.
Establish and implement minimum targets for provision of housing that will be affordable to low and moderate income households. Second units and inclusionary zoning policies will support provision of affordable housing units.
Existing Policy & Legislation
Provincial Policy Statement, 2014
Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017
County of Simcoe Official Plan, 2016
County of Simcoe 10-year Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy, 2014
Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2011 (Bill 140)
Current Township Policies
Section C18 of the current Official Plan contains policies for Housing in Craighurst's Living Area designation, including policies for: permitted uses, housing mix and density, accessory apartments, home occupations, bed & breakfasts, garden suites, special needs housing, and townhouse/multiple/low-rise apartments. Section A2 contains objectives for Growth and Settlement, which direct residential development to settlement areas and restrict development of subdivisions outside of settlement areas. Lands designated Residential, Rural Settlement Area, and Rural Residential. Current Official Plan policies:
Permitted uses in the Rural Settlement Area designation include low-density residential uses
Objectives for Hawkestone aim to provide locations for affordable housing, and provide for a wide range of housing forms
Permitted uses in the Rural Residential designation are limited to single detached dwellings, home occupations, bed & breakfasts, and accessory uses. All development shall occur by Plan of Subdivision/Condominium
In the Craighurst Secondary Plan area, it is an objective to encourage the provision of a full range of housing opportunities for current and future residents of all ages and incomes, and to encourage development of housing geared to seniors adjacent to educational facilities. The Living Area designation is primarily intended for residential purposes, specific targets are set for housing mix and density. Special needs housing, such as long term care facilities and retirement homes are permitted.
New and revised Official Plan policies will provide for a range and mix of housing, including affordable housing and a diversity of unit types and tenures, to accommodate forecasted growth. In updating the Official Plan, the Township may enhance housing policies, but must meet the minimum requirements of the Province and County.
What changes would you like to see?
The province provides direction for municipalities to ensure that a range and mix of housing is available, including affordable housing. The province has also provided policies and regulations requiring authorisation of second units and supporting establishment of inclusionary zoning. The Planning Act was amended to require that municipalities must include policies in their Official Plans, and provisions in their Zoning By-laws, to authorise second units in single detached, semidetached, and row houses, or in an accessory/ancillary structure. The province also provided a regulation for establishment of standards for second units, including standards for parking, occupancy, and date of construction of the building. The Township will need to comply with the province’s policies and standards, as well as the County’s Official plan policies and affordable housing strategy.
Do you think that the Township has an appropriate mix and choice of housing to accommodate all needs? If not, what additional housing choices should be made available and where?
Do you agree that residential development in settlement areas should occur through intensification, infill, and redevelopment opportunities?
Should the Township establish policies for second units (also known as secondary suites or granny flats)
How do you think the character of a community can be retained while intensification and new development occurs? Should the Township consider development of guiding principles for complete communities and integration of land uses?
How do you think the Township can encourage the development of more affordable housing, age-friendly housing, rental housing, and a broader range of housing forms in general? How should inclusionary zoning be considered? How should the County of Simcoe’s Long Term Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Plan be considered in development of Official Plan policies for Oro-Medonte?
Should the Township encourage development of an implementation plan for provision of new affordable housing units?
Should the Township consider establishment of a minimum target for affordable housing units within settlement areas which will need to be affordable? Should the Township consider policies establishing targets for a minimum number of units which are: designed to be accessible to people with disabilities, designed to accommodate larger families, and designed to be age-friendly?
Please provide any other comments you may have for consideration in the development of new policies.