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Holt pledges to build 25,000 homes over the next 10 years

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Mayoral candidate Chris Holt has pledged to build 25,000 homes in Windsor over the next decade.

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With more than 6,000 locals on waiting lists for affordable housing, Holt expressed frustration Wednesday that the city only adds 700 to 800 new units each year.

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“It’s not enough. We are on the brink of unprecedented growth with our new investment in LG in addition to the Gordie Howe bridge,” said Holt. “We know that we need housing of all kinds and that we need to reduce the time it takes to dig a shovel into the ground.”

Standing outside Dawyn Plaza, Holt unveiled an architectural drawing that reimagines the vast parking lot that houses the homes. If elected, he said he would work with private developers to promote projects and build partnerships to address the current housing crisis.

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To reach the goal, Holt outlined several initiatives, including building 50% of the new units in the downtown core. He also committed to hiring more staff in the city’s building and planning departments and creating a community pre-permit system that would shorten project timelines.

Finally, Holt suggested changing the city’s official plans to include appropriate zoning parameters along transit routes, rezoning or designating mixed-use commercial and residential developments along transit corridors, reducing minimum parking or obsolete, and other appropriate zoning categories. .

Holt also revealed plans to create a Municipal Development Corporation. It is a municipal organization that works with the private and non-profit sectors to foster residential growth in existing underutilized spaces such as city parking lots and Windsor Arena. Through its development company, the city will use a structured, high-speed tracking system, including Holt’s pre-permit system, and bring in community feedback through design chalets. Appropriate incentives for developers are determined if the project includes affordable units and mixed housing options.

“By signing mutually beneficial development agreements with private developers and landowners, we not only get new housing units, but also build them in the way that makes the most sense for the community,” he said. said.

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Holt pledges to build 25,000 homes over the next 10 years

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