Ward 22 — Salah Elsaadi

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

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.

I fully support restoring housing affordability. I commit to work with Council on revisiting the Official Plan Target and identify what the proper target should be. I firmly believe in smart growth and development.

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?

This has always been one of my goals. I have experience working with the three levels of government.

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?

New development, if correctly designed, can address both minimum parking and transit friendly communities. This will be part of a priority discussion regarding our entire infrastructure.

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, I also expect developers to be in tune the needs of residents and work together with City Council on effective and revenue neutral planning.

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 lived in Ward 22 since 2004. I fully understand the needs and will work with the next Mayor and City Council on addressing these specifics.

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

Yes, we are all created equal and cannot exclude any of our citizens. I welcome all to my neighborhood Exclusion must not be supported. Everyone adds value to our communities.

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