The City of Kenora is working with a developer, who wants to add four condo units off Rideout Bay. The city is being asked to sell off vacant land set aside for a road allowance near Sultana Avenue, in order to facility the development.

"Definitely, it would be in line with what is there already," noted city planner Devon McCloskey, after her presentation to council.

A resolution to close off part of Sultana Avenue and sell off the surplus land will be on the agenda for this month's meeting of council, which is set for Jan. 15 at city hall.

Plans for another development on Rideout Bay, which could include a mix of commercial and residential properties, was released for the public in 2016.

During yesterday's meeting, staff also consulted with council on ways to work with Queen's Park, in an effort to speed up future housing developments.

The five broad themes being focused upon in the consultation include:

  • Speed: It takes too long for development projects to get approved.
  • Mix: There are too many restrictions on what can be built to get the right mix of housing where it is needed.
  • Cost: Development costs are too high because of high land prices and government-imposed fees and charges.
  • Rent: It is too hard to be a landlord in Ontario, and tenants need to be protected.
  • Innovation: Other concerns, opportunities and innovations to increase housing supply.

 

 

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