Ward 06 — Kevin Hua
Our Grade — Green
Kevin is a strong advocate for building more housing and is deserving of a Green rating. Housing affordability is a key pillar of Kevin’s platform and includes several encouraging pledges. Kevin specifically speaks to the need for missing middle housing the importance that will play in creating wholesome 15 minute neighbourhoods. Kevin replied with an enthusiastic “Yes” to all questions in our survey and has proactively campaigned on ending parking minimums. Beyond his support for our Six Big Moves, Kevin has even proposed an increase to the vacant house tax to 5%. This shows his commitment towards using every tool at the city’s disposal to tackle the housing crisis. If Kevin is successful in his campaign, we expect him to be a strong ally in favour of housing.
- Yes, we need to reconsider our zoning approach and housing strategy in order to truly and effectively address the housing crisis and this includes designing safe, accessible, and convenient 15-minute walkable neighbourhoods and intensifying housing with missing middle housing.
- Yes, in order to meet our housing needs, reduce our housing shortage, and alleviate the housing crisis, we need to set a higher and more ambitious housing target as is being recommended and advocated by housing experts.
- Yes, ensuring that all stakeholders for new developments and housing including future and new residents in those developments have a voice and input in public consultations is important to obtaining a full and fair assessment on new developments.
- Yes, parking minimums are a poor way to approach land use, serve to further contribute to car-dependency and congestion in our city and community, and impede efforts to design and build 15-minute walkable neighbourhoods and, so, we need to approach with transit-oriented development and ensure new developments are supported and services by our transit system to encourage alternative modes of travel to private vehicles.
- Yes, providing some benefits like faster approvals and density bonuses have been proven in evidence and experience to be effective with inclusionary zoning and building more affordable housing, however, incentives that compensate or reduce fees have not likewise seen similar evidence to their effectiveness and are not as necessary or vital as the previous two measures I mentioned.
- Yes, Stittsville has a role to play in building and taking on much-needed affordable housing especially as not many units if not none has been built in our community over the past decades and reducing and repairing the chronically long and large waitlist and backlog for social housing is critically important to addressing homelessness and housing insecurity in our city to try and uphold housing as a human right that everyone who needs and wants housing is able to get it.
- Yes, such exclusionary zoning inhibits and limits our ability to effectively alleviate the housing crisis and to intensify housing with multiplexes and, so as recommended by the provincial housing taskforce, we should eliminate such zoning which has also generally been motivated and justified by questionable and misguided motivations