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Lessons for #BurlON: Toronto introduces larger units, family friendly amenities in multi-unit developments

Analysis & Opinion – With the cost of housing in Burlington escalating out of reach for most first-time home buyers, and our schools experiencing declining student populations, we know we need to attract more families and provide affordable options.

Development in town is increasingly trending toward multi-unit, including townhouses, mid- or high-rises.

But what we’ve seen in both approved and pending applications is a trend toward tiny units – one and two bedrooms – which caters mostly to investors or empty nesters. We can’t miss the opportunity as development applications come forward to address both housing affordability and family needs. We must insist on more diversity in housing options, including large family size units in multi-unit projects at an affordable price with on-site family amenities. On larger sites – like the proposed development at 2100 Brant Street – there is even an opportunity for some single family units with a yard.

Statistics Canada has just released data showing that 1 in 5 families in Toronto now live in condos – driven by price as well as convenience. Toronto developers are responding with family friendly units and amenities.

Toronto trends eventually reach us (consider rising house prices), so we need to be prepared.

There are lessons for Burlington in the Toronto experience. Read more in the articles below.

Star: how-new-condos-are-trying-to-get-the-stroller-out-of-the-bathtub

Hume:a-radical-concept-in-toronto-a-condo-designed-for-residents

CTV News: toronto-condo-boom-causing-overcrowding-in-schools

 

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  1. In reading the need for development of more affordable housing, PLEASE keep residential construction in residential areas, NOT “tunnelling”, busy thoroughfares like what it appears is in the planning for Brant Street! Busy streets and high density do not meet the needs for family living. The new name will soon be: THE BRANT TUNNEL, and talks are already that it will be a street to avoid because of congestion and hi-rises boxing both sides of the road. Think there is too much absorption on the pluses for bonuses, and the planners are loosing the big overall picture that we are all seeing so clear!

  2. I agree that more and more families are choosing to live in condominiums. With 2 parents working it makes family time much more pleasurable if they don’t have yard and house repairs to deal with. Perhaps staff needs to do more investigation before agreeing to 23 stories of small condos being built, and Council needs to step up and make it happen.

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