Ward 14 — Ariel Troster

Our Rating: Green Light

Ariel Troster was one of the first candidates to meet with Make Housing Affordable. We had a very positive discussion and it was immediately clear she has a very strong understanding of housing issues.

Her responses to our survey re-affirmed our belief that as a councillor, she would work to make housing affordable in Ottawa.

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?

Yes, in general. But development charges for for-profit builds are still important to ensure our city has the parks and amenities that we need to make our communities liveable.

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.

Yes

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

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

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?

Yes, but only if the definition of “affordable” is actually affordable to our low-income neighbours and if there are strong accountability measures in place

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?

Yes — though the repair backlog is a major problem largely due to lack of federal and provincial funding — this requires advocacy with other levels of govt

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”?

Yes!

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