Ward 23 — Rouba Fattal
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, this is a great opportunity here to build the city ‘up’, and avoid urban sprawl.
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.
It’s important that with any goal of housing we set, that we make sure these homes are built to last. As the city looks to build more and make new houses affordable, we have to make sure these houses are best equipped to last through intensifying weather events.
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. We need the most holistic forms of consultation. We also need to get our city councillors elected without developer money, and ensure they are acting as excellent mediators in helping reach a goal that is best for both residents and developers.
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. As we prepare for the LRT system to come to Kanata, I want to make sure we are developing around future transit stations appropriately.
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. As mentioned previously, it’s important we ensure our communities are being built durably, and sustainably. Approvals are required for a reason, and if we are straining our developers to reach unrealistic goals, it could come at a cost to the quality of the developments and the level of public input. Our homes need to be able to withstand intensifying weather, and are built upon proper consultation.
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 want to make sure that deeply adorable housing is available across the entire city, and is distributed in a way that is equitable. I will work hard at every opportunity to be a leader at city hall.
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”?
No. The city has lots of room to try out intensification in areas where existing residents don’t lose out. There are many people in Kanata South who have lost their trust in public participation thanks to how recent housing projects have been implemented. It’s important that the next councillor of Kanata South work hard to restore this trust.