Ward 10 — Aria Alavi

Our Rating: Yellow Light

Aria Alavi has answered in support of all our survey issues, but we are concerned about elements of their platform.

In particular, they have proposed any new development require the support of 20% of residents before being built. This proposal is both illegal and realistically impossible to implement, and implies they will side with NIMBY campaigners against any new development — even those available by right.

Survey Responses

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?

Answer: Yes I do.

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.

Answer: Absolutely. I even believe we need those unit in 3 to 5 years, Not 10.

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?

Answer: Absolutely. That’s a first step toward accountability.

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?

Answer: Absolutely.

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. That’s a critical step toward having a more affordable city.

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?

Absolutely. That’s a must thing to do and I am fully committed to it.

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”?

Absolutely and that should be a top priority for the next council.

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