Ward 23 — Erin Coffin
Our Rating — Green
Erin Coffin gave great responses to our survey, and she made time to meet with us early in the campaign. She has a good understanding of housing issues and is committed to fighting for affordable housing and to make market-rate housing more affordable. We believe we could work with Erin to make housing affordable if she is elected councillor.
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 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.
Yes, I support that target. I am interested in looking into how to reach it successfully and making it affordable.
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?
Current residents have a vested interest in the neighbourhoods they live in. I am supportive of ensuring that they also can hear the other voices who are invested in being part of our neighbourhoods, as we need to as well.
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?
This is a question That we can only consider once we have a reliable transit system, but I am interested in getting us to 15 minute walkable neighbourhoods where we have less need to rely on cars.
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 am open to creating incentives that encourage developers to include more affordable housing in their developments. We do need to ensure these incentives are well developed to ensure they meet their intended purpose.
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. With deeply affordable housing in our ward we can also ensure our communities can sustain the services we need.
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 am interested in zoning rules that enable neighbourhoods to grow and include all families and individuals in our community. So I am happy to look into what needs to be done to be more inclusionary throughout our city.