The city's new action plan calls for more housing to help low-income families. Councillors would also like to see the city's aging housing stock become more energy-efficient.

Councillors will be debating their new action plan, during this morning's committee of the whole. The plan includes friendlier zoning, improvements to the approval process and community improvement plan grants. Councillors have also been involved in advocacy work, in an effort to add more social housing units.

The report from city staff also provides an update on existing housing developments, such as King's Landing, Bridgeroad Developments and the addition of supportive housing units.

King's Landing on Railway Street will include 22 townhouses in a 70-unit development. The first two phases are already being advertised. There are also plans for trails and community space.

Bridgeroad Developments on Woods Drive includes two phases, with 24 units in each phase. The focus is on seniors, with units ranging from 1,000 sq. ft. to 1,300 sq. ft. and rents from $1,800 to $2,100 (utilities included).

Since 2014, the city has added 100 new residential units, 93 single-detached homes and 7 apartments. City staff, in their action plan, note the average assessment value for a residential property was up 5 per cent since 2012 to about $187,000.

Councillors will be meeting at city hall starting at 9 a.m., and it'll be followed by a public meeting at 12:30 p.m. on a proposal for the city's emergeny shelter.

For more information:

City of Kenora - Committee of the Whole Agenda (State of Housing Report p. 17 - 36)




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