Mayor — Nour Kadri

Our Rating — Green

Nour had very thoughtful responses to our survey and is committed to building more housing in Ottawa. In particular, they are committed to exceeding our housing targets and supporting efforts to eliminating exclusionary R1 zoning.

Survey Response

Q1: Do you support reforms that would make our zoning policies more simple, permissive, with an explicit goal of fixing our housing shortage, creating 15 minute walkable neighbourhoods, and building missing middle housing city-wide?

Yes I support such reforms.

Q2: Do you support a target of 100,000 new homes in Ottawa in the next 10 years? This is the number that leading housing economists agree we need to build in order to restore housing affordability in our city. Our current Official Plan target is just 75,000 — far short of where we need to be.

No. One hundred thousand is not enough. It does not account for the spill growth we get from outside the city.

Our plan will make available 160,000 units through the building of new houses and the repurposing of existing buildings like empty government buildings in the downtown core.

Q3: Do you agree we need to fix public consultations so that more voices are heard, and so they consider the benefits of projects to the people who will live in new homes — not just existing homeowners?

Yes. One of the pillars in our plans is to restrict public consultations to those developments with more than 10 housing units. Under the current system, one complaint could stall the building of major housing projects.

Q4: Do you support ending mandatory parking minimums for new developments so that builders can decide if they want to build transit-friendly communities around transit stations?

Yes but only for buildings that close to public transit stations.

Q5: Do you support a win-win inclusionary zoning plan that asks developers to include affordable housing in their developments, in exchange for lower fees, faster approvals, or more density?

Absolutely.

Q6: Will you ask the next Mayor and Council to invest in building deeply affordable housing in your ward and take a leadership role in reducing waitlists and repair backlogs for social housing across the city?

I will look at a proper distribution of affordable housing across the city in line with the concept of 15 minute neighbourhoods.

People need to live in healthy places. We will invest in addressing the repair backlog and have a plan to end it once and for all.

Q7: Do you support ending exclusionary R1 zoning rules that keep renters, students, and working class families out of neighbourhoods in the name of “protecting neighbourhood character”?

We need to deal with changes to R1 zoning rules in such a way that smart intensification is implemented. We can have updates to moving from R1 to R2 rather than scrapping R1 completely.

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