Clive Doucet proposes Inclusionary Zoning and the introduction of Rental Replacement By-law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Mayoral candidate Clive Doucet will be canvassing in the Herongate community from 6 pm to 8 pm to mobilize support for the introduction of an Inclusionary Zoning by-law and a Rental Replacement by-law.
Roughly 600 people currently living in 150 Herongate townhouses, many of whom live in poverty and rely on affordable housing, face eviction at the end of September. The evictions come after years of neglect in maintenance on the part of their landlord, Timbercreek, and a lack of action on the part of the Ottawa City Council to halt and redress the landlord’s negligent management.
“It’s clear that as soon as the residents are evicted the Timbercreek properties will be upzoned for high rise, upscale apartments. This should not be happening. The city should not be rewarding slum management with preferential re-zoning.”
Mayoral candidate Clive Doucet is proposing:
- The introduction of an Inclusionary zoning by-law that would ensure no residential development project is approved without providing a minimum of affordable housing units.
- The introduction of a Rental Replacement By-law to ensure affordable housing units aren’t lost to higher market rental units.
- A clear statement that no rezoning will happen for Timbercreek, instead the city will use its authorities and powers to preserve and enhance the affordable housing at Herongate.
“Nobody in Ottawa should have to live in the conditions experienced by the residents of the Herongate community, and then be kicked to the curb with nowhere to go,” said Clive Doucet. “Ottawa needs a plan to increase the number of affordable housing units while also holding landlords accountable for providing livable units to their tenants.