Comment 121681

By RobF (registered) | Posted July 03, 2017 at 21:04:52 in reply to Comment 121677

Greenwin's proposal will slightly increase the number of two-bedroom units and I don't have issue with that. I'm also not against development that adds more Jr. 1 bedroom and 1 bedroom units to our overall housing stock. To be inclusive we need to maintain a reasonable mix.

Ideally, new development will do this ... add more units of each type. But we don't currently have policies that address this, at least not explicitly. High density housing tends to strongly skew to smaller units for a bunch of reasons. Having said that other cities are trying to ensure an adequate minimum % of 2 and 3 bedroom units are built. This case is a little different, because it involves changes to the configuration and mix of units in an existing apartment complex.

Admittedly, we aren't dealing with a simple or straightforward problem. Nor are these problems unique to Hamilton. But there is no way that Places to Grow will work, in terms of curtailing sprawl and using new development to build compact, vibrant, complete communities, if family-suitable units aren't sufficiently part of the mix in new developments in the lower city.

Comment edited by RobF on 2017-07-03 21:40:26

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