Great Near Campus Neighbourhoods (Student Housing)

Good news from the City Council meeting of this week. Council managed to pass the amendments to implement the recommendations in the Great Near Campus plan (i.e. to control the number of bedrooms in multi unit housing, parking, landscaped open space). Councillor Branscombe was also able to get the ball rolling on the possibility of limiting the number of rental licenses issued for areas where single family homes are being converted to rentals. City staff will report back to City Council on this. A limit on licenses will be helpful as it is expected that the GNCN amendments that were passed will be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board by at least one builder of multi-family housing around the University. When appealed, the amendments do not take force and effect.

The minutes of the Council meeting (June 26) should be posted shortly on the city’s web site –


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