Ward 06 — Tanya Hein
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, zoning needs to be simplified, and has a role to play in addressing housing shortages, walkable neighbourhoods, and building missing middle housing.
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.
We are already surpassing intensification targets. Simplifying zoning should increase those numbers as well, so 100,000 feels achievable.
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?
Public consultations are already open to both new and existing residents, but I’m always willing to consider improvements to increase and diversify engagement.
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?
Not universally at this time. Site specific? Yes.
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?
I would like to ask developers to include affordable (and family-sized) units in most cases of height bonusing, not just in IZ areas.
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?
Every community needs affordable (and ideally deeply affordable) housing. In addition to supporting continued city investment, we need to look to the province for additional supports to a multi-faceted issue.
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”?
I’d like to see less R1, but I’m not ready to commit to blanket ending it city wide just yet. In the context of this question, I’m not convinced that ending R1 zoning will make existing R1 neighbourhoods any more accessible to renters, students, or working class families.