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NBNPHA 2013 CONFERENCE
“Affordable Housing –
Planning for the Next Generation”
Mike O’Brien, Fredericton City Councillor
C...
 Local Economy Vibrant
 Low Vacancy Rate = Will Continue To
Have Highest Rents in NB
 N.I.M.B.Y ism - Getting Better, B...
HOMELESSNESS INDICATORS
# who stayed in a shelter 323
# of shelter beds for Men 40
# of shelter beds for Women 9
# beds fo...
Visible Homeless Population - 430 persons
“Hidden Homeless” Population - 1,285
persons
Overcrowding- 1,095
households
In n...
 Affordable Housing Committee
Formed in 2006
 City, GNB, GC, Social Agencies, John
Howard, Emergency Shelter, Home
Build...
 Adopted the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights recognizing the right to
housing….
“ Everyone has the right to a stand...
 Adopted Land Discount Policy
◦ 12.5% discount for affordable rental
developments
◦ 20% discount for single family AH
hom...
• Affordable Housing Days & Seminars
•City of Langford, BC = voluntary
inclusionary zoning
•Ed Powers of City of St. John’...
Dr. Avi Friedman
Co-founder of the Affordable
Homes Program at the McGill School
of Architecture in Montreal,
 Meet With All Ministers of Social
Development
 Support A.H. Zonings Applications at
PAC
 Provide Opportunities for A.H...
The Action Plan
was/is
Not Enough
……. Enter “Zone Fredericton”
#1. Modernize the way we
manage the city's growth
#2. Make the zoning by-
law easier for residents
and investors to use
PU...
...meets the needs of all residents, but
especially, of seniors, low-income
residents, persons with disabilities,
students...
Parking Reductions To Incent A.H.
Up to 40 % of the required parking for
Provincial A.H. programs.
… must prove the requir...
Parking Reductions to Incent A.H.
Now: 1st 4 units parking exempt when
part of a commercial development in
the City Centre...
Parking Reductions to Incent A.H.
Reduce minimum parking requirement
for downtown assisted living housing
to 0.25 spaces p...
Parking Reductions to Incent A.H.
Reduced by 10% where residential
developments are located close to
transit
….and by 15% ...
Parking Reductions to Incent A.H.
By 20 to 30 % for apartment buildings
in close proximity to existing services.
Smaller Lots to Incent A.H.
New zone with a smaller lot sizes
(minimum frontage of 11.5 m and
area of 345 m2)
Density Bonus to Incent A.H.
Most significant provision
Up to 20% more units where A.H. units
are incorporated into the pr...
What’s Next? (to Drive A.H.)
A.H. Committee will work closely with
stakeholder groups
Further amendments if further
opport...
 Mayor Woodside Assuming FCM Chair
 “Educate, Educate, Educate”
 Community Planning Act Revisions
Inclusionary Zoning?
...
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Municipal Role in Affordable Housing

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NBNPHA 2013 CONFERENCE

“Affordable Housing – Planning for the Next Generation”

Mike O’Brien, Fredericton City Councillor
Chair, Affordable Housing Committee

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  • Reduces costs and encourages A.H. units in the City Centre.
  • Will contribute to better use of land within the urban core.
  • More lots with smaller houses = more A.H. choices with respect to type and location.
  • Allow additional dwelling units/lot
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    1. 1. NBNPHA 2013 CONFERENCE “Affordable Housing – Planning for the Next Generation” Mike O’Brien, Fredericton City Councillor Chair, Affordable Housing Committee
    2. 2.  Local Economy Vibrant  Low Vacancy Rate = Will Continue To Have Highest Rents in NB  N.I.M.B.Y ism - Getting Better, But Still Exists  Interest in Affordable Housing By Private Sector Growing – But Long Way To Go
    3. 3. HOMELESSNESS INDICATORS # who stayed in a shelter 323 # of shelter beds for Men 40 # of shelter beds for Women 9 # beds for Youth 16-19 (women only) 8 HOUSING INDICATORS # of provincially subsidized units 788 # of non-profit and coop units 255 # on PNB waiting list 500 rental vacancy rate 2.6 average rent for 2-bedroom apartment $761 average rent for rooming house $425 INCOME INDICATORS # on social assistance 7,401 SA $ for single person $537 SA 1 adult/1 child $809 Minimum wage $10/hr CPI on food 133% INDICATORS
    4. 4. Visible Homeless Population - 430 persons “Hidden Homeless” Population - 1,285 persons Overcrowding- 1,095 households In need of major repair - 2,485 households Unaffordable Housing - 6,105 households Fredericton’s Housing Iceberg *despite increased housing starts, a large segment of the market place remains underserved.
    5. 5.  Affordable Housing Committee Formed in 2006  City, GNB, GC, Social Agencies, John Howard, Emergency Shelter, Home Builders & Real Estate Associations, Financial, Chamber…..  Advocacy, education, action
    6. 6.  Adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizing the right to housing…. “ Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…
    7. 7.  Adopted Land Discount Policy ◦ 12.5% discount for affordable rental developments ◦ 20% discount for single family AH homes  Deferred Upfront Development Fees to Non-Profits
    8. 8. • Affordable Housing Days & Seminars •City of Langford, BC = voluntary inclusionary zoning •Ed Powers of City of St. John’s = affordable private development model •Michel Labbé (Options for Homes) Toronto = private non-profit co- operative model •F.C.A.G.H. = “Housing First”
    9. 9. Dr. Avi Friedman Co-founder of the Affordable Homes Program at the McGill School of Architecture in Montreal,
    10. 10.  Meet With All Ministers of Social Development  Support A.H. Zonings Applications at PAC  Provide Opportunities for A.H. Media Coverage
    11. 11. The Action Plan was/is Not Enough ……. Enter “Zone Fredericton”
    12. 12. #1. Modernize the way we manage the city's growth #2. Make the zoning by- law easier for residents and investors to use PURPOSE
    13. 13. ...meets the needs of all residents, but especially, of seniors, low-income residents, persons with disabilities, students, and newcomers to our city #3. Meet changing social, economic, and environmental needs that….
    14. 14. Parking Reductions To Incent A.H. Up to 40 % of the required parking for Provincial A.H. programs. … must prove the required parking can be provided if the A.H. units go to market rate in the future
    15. 15. Parking Reductions to Incent A.H. Now: 1st 4 units parking exempt when part of a commercial development in the City Centre Proposing 1st 8 units be exempt
    16. 16. Parking Reductions to Incent A.H. Reduce minimum parking requirement for downtown assisted living housing to 0.25 spaces per unit (from 0.50). The # of downtown essential services and amenities reduces need for seniors to drive
    17. 17. Parking Reductions to Incent A.H. Reduced by 10% where residential developments are located close to transit ….and by 15% where residential uses are combined with commercial uses to create mixed use
    18. 18. Parking Reductions to Incent A.H. By 20 to 30 % for apartment buildings in close proximity to existing services.
    19. 19. Smaller Lots to Incent A.H. New zone with a smaller lot sizes (minimum frontage of 11.5 m and area of 345 m2)
    20. 20. Density Bonus to Incent A.H. Most significant provision Up to 20% more units where A.H. units are incorporated into the proposed development.
    21. 21. What’s Next? (to Drive A.H.) A.H. Committee will work closely with stakeholder groups Further amendments if further opportunities identified.
    22. 22.  Mayor Woodside Assuming FCM Chair  “Educate, Educate, Educate”  Community Planning Act Revisions Inclusionary Zoning? (what’s stopping us?) Housing First – Next Steps
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