Affordable Housing Toolkit


HOUSING ACTION PLAN - IN DEVELOPMENT

The Municipal Housing Survey is now closed (last date for input was Friday, April 22, 2022).

We're developing a Housing Action Plan. In April and March 2022, we invited all residents of potential residents to complete a Municipal Housing Survey. Results are currently being analyzed and will help us better understand housing needs and provide community input on increasing the supply of housing, including more affordable options. Metroline Research Group, an independent marketing research company, managed the survey execution and data analysis. 

 

Why are we creating a Housing Action Plan? 

Housing is a basic human need and impacts every aspect of daily life.

Community consultation for the Corporate Strategic Plan and the Economic Development Strategy identified housing affordability as one of Kincardine’s greatest challenges.

Like many communities across Canada, the Municipality of Kincardine is dealing with a housing crisis - home prices continue to soar and rental vacancy rates remain at an all-time low. 

In February 2022, the average price of homes in Grey Bruce was $767k, a 24% increase from February 2021 and a dramatic increase from 10 years ago (source: Realtors Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound).

Between workers supporting Bruce Power Major Component Replacement (MCR) project, a transient workforce, increasing abilities to work remotely, a growing senior population, people retiring in our community, and young families moving here for a strong quality of life , our community is also growing and changing (Census data from 2021 shows a 7.7% increase in population since 2016). 

All of these groups have different housing needs. 

And currently, more than 80% of local dwellings are single family homes - these aren’t affordable for many. We need more options so that our community can be affordable, welcoming and accessible to more people.

How can the Municipality tackle the housing crisis?

The Municipality's new Official Plan has policies around affordable housing and sets a target that 30% of all new homes constructed should be affordable. We know we aren’t meeting that target - not even close. The Municipality and development community needs to be more creative to find ways to build more affordable homes locally. 

Addressing housing challenges is complex and requires a dedicated commitment and resources that span over many years. It requires collaboration between multiple layers of government, private and public sector organizations, developers, non-profit organizations, and the community.

It’s also very expensive to build and expand our infrastructure for new growth, so increasing densities and building more homes within areas already serviced by roads, water and sewer, will allow more homes than can be build more affordably.

Municipal staff are developing a Housing Action Plan that will identify short-term and long-term actions aimed at increasing housing availability, both rental and ownership options, and support more diverse housing stock (duplex, semis, townhouses, apartments) in the Municipality, including more affordable options.

What does the Housing Action Plan aim to achieve?

The Housing Action Plan will identify ways that the Municipality can help to: 

  • align and adopt municipal policies, processes, by-laws and procedures to improve:
    • supply and availability of housing
    • diversity of housing stock
    • affordable housing options
  • compliment and support the County of Bruce mandate, roles and responsibilities of their Housing and Homelessness Plan.
  • To create community understanding around housing issues and inspire collective action.

How can the public provide input to the Housing Action Plan?

Many of the areas staff are examining lack data, especially around rentals and the types of housing people desire. 

The Municipality is asking as many people as possible to complete a Municipal Housing Survey that will help us with these data gaps.

We need all residents and people seeking housing in the Municipality to complete the survey so that we can get a greater understanding of the local housing needs and better plan for future housing. 

For a more informal discussion around local housing and to see and contribute ideas to improve housing affordability, visit www.kincardinetalks.ca/housing.

 

 

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