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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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Housing policy, affordability and supply were among the key issues in many municipalities leading up to the Oct. 22 Ontario elections.

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and others did their best to alert voters to the issues, and to gage candidates on how well they understood them.

Homes Publishing did its own assessment of a selection of GTA municipalities in the context of housing development.

But now that the results are in (well, most of them), let’s take a look how some of the notable races shook down, and the various policies of the newly elected mayors, with help from BILD.



Tom Mrakas (New)
Housing and growth: Proposes to protect Aurora’s Stable Neighbourhoods from “monster home” infill, by using planning tools such as Interim Control By-laws. Also wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment. Improving municipal infrastructure, through complete streets, is also a priority.
Taxes: Proposes to reduce the tax levy.



Patrick Brown (new)
Housing: Proposes to create a streamlined, more efficient approvals process at City Hall for new home construction and renovations across all levels of affordability. Proposes to develop a housing strategy that encourages neighbourhood-sensitive development of rooming houses, basement apartments and in-law suites.



Marianne Meed Ward (New)
Growth: Opposes overdevelopment of Burlington and will seek to control growth by reducing provisions in the Official Plan, as well as accept growth only when infrastructure can handle it.
Housing: Intends to secure affordable housing with inclusionary zoning and require new development to provide a percentage of senior-friendly units. Intends to set greenspace per population targets within reasonable walking distance through prioritizing parkland over cash-in-lieu for major new developments.



Allan Thompson
Housing and growth: Supports housing and growth management initiatives that will maintain the characteristics of Caledon’s communities and create opportunities for residents and future residents of live, work and retire.



Virginia Hackson
Housing: Proposes to complete the first phase of growth of 7,000 homes. In terms of transportation corridors, plans to work with the Mayor of Bradford to solve gridlock on roads between Hwys. 404 and 400.
Infrastructure: Proposes to work with the Province and local MPP to deal with the delay of the Upper York Sewage Solution which will ultimately eliminate the Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons. Proposes to address the need for quality broadband in the community.



Rick Bonnette
Housing: Proposes to continue to manage difficult conversations around intensification and growth the Province has mandated and the development residents are seeing.



Steve Pellegrini
Plans to focus on business growth, the new municipal office, the library and seniors centre expansion project, as well as road beautification in the township.



Bonnie Crombie
Housing: Intends to institute an Inclusionary Zoning policy to incentivize the building of new, affordable units. Proposes to form partnerships with leaders in affordable housing to get new buildings in the ground on a faster pace.
Environment: Proposes to work with staff to bolster Green building standards that will improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and improve urban forest canopy.
Development: Supports Mississauga’s office for a Development Ambassador.



John Taylor
Economy: Top priorities include jobs and the economy, community building and parks recreation and trails. Wants to the Renew Economic Development Strategy and increase jobs in the community. Grow the city’s broadband company to deliver affordable high-speed internet to local businesses. Proposes to keep taxesbelow GTA average.
Growth: Proposes to meet regularly with existing employers and grow local business base.
Community Building: Proposes to protect neighbourhoods – intensify in the right places.
Housing: New housing developments must include options for low/moderate-income families. Create a community inclusivity round table and increase senior-friendly housing and recreation.



Rob Burton
Growth: Proposes to continue to protect Glen Abbey through the use of Cultural Heritage Landscape provisions and court challenges.
Environment: Proposes to focus on protecting greenspace and the environment and controlling growth.



Dan Carter (New)
Growth/Housing/Transit: A 4-Pillar Platform includes creating affordable, vibrant, healthy communities that invests in active transportation networks and creates employment opportunities with industries.



Dave Barrow
Growth: Proposes to continue with the Town’s economic vitality, build a strong community, manage our growth to respect the existing neighbourhoods and lead a responsive and efficient government.
Housing: Proposes to work with the Province and the Region to increase the rental housing supply, maintain the existing rental supply and add affordable ownership homes. Allowing secondary suites in existing homes will also create new housing once new by-laws that monitor the neighbourhoods are in place. Also believes the Town needs to review and update its 10-year-old Development Plan in order to process new development applications. Zoning By-laws also need to be brought into the “urban” town.



John Tory
Housing: Proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years. Leverage City lands, including lands surrounding TTC Stations.
Property Taxes: Keep property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. Supported City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure.
Transit: Continue to build out the transit network plan – SmartTrack.



Dave Barton
Growth and development: Proposes a seven-point platform, a main concern is the competing interest between farmland and “irresponsible and ill-considered development.” Wants to ensure that growth has clear collaboration with the livelihood of people who depend on the land.



Maurizio Bevilacqua
Taxes: Promises to keep Vaughan as one of the lowest taxed municipalities in the GTA. Focus on transit and roads to keep Vaughan moving. Working closely with government partners at all levels to ensure wise investments for new transit initiatives and improvements including the Yonge Subway, VIVANext, as well as road building and widening.
Innovation: Will transform the City of Vaughan into a hub for education, culture, sports and the arts by building the infrastructure required to achieve excellence and improve accessibility.
Other: Continue to excel in environmental stewardship. Support and attract small and large businesses to Vaughan.



Iain Lovatt (New)
Growth: Proposes to preserve heritage that is integrated with future development. Integrating heritage built form into new developments as well as establishing Heritage Conservation Districts and site plan bylaws in heritage areas in town are identified a must.
Development: Within the first 100 days, hopes to assemble a meeting of commercial-industrial landowners to get everyone on the same page, about the 404 corridor and the servicing for the area going forward. Believes that these underserviced and underutilized lands represent about $1 billion in new tax assessment for Whitchurch-Stouffville.



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Michael Rosset named to BILD Hall of Fame

Michael Rosset named to BILD Hall of Fame

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Michael Rosset named to BILD Hall of Fame

HOMES Publishing Group founder joins ‘illustrious industry leaders’ in BILD Hall of Fame.

Michael Rosset, the founder and publisher of HOMES Publishing Group, was named to the Building Industry and Land Development Association’s (BILD) Hall of Fame during the Chair’s Dinner on January 31, 2018.

Michael Rosset, centre, with Darren Steedman, left, and David Wilkes of BILD.
Michael Rosset, centre, with Darren Steedman, left, and David Wilkes of BILD.

“Last evening I had the extreme and unexpected honour of being inducted into the BILD Hall of Fame,” Rosset said. “They acknowledged many contributions and achievements. But please know that I share this honour with all of my current staff and those who have previously been a part of the HPG team.”

Rosset has been a member of BILD since 1985, served two terms (four years) on the board of directors, was the Member of the Year in 2008, won the Riley Brethour Award in 2016 and helped found BILD’s Builder Baseball charity event.

As well as publishing HOMES Magazine, Condo Life, Active Life, RENO & DECOR, Ontario Design and Renovation Contractor, HPG also produces a special attraction at BILD’s home shows called “Design Intervention,” produces the BILD Contact Member directory, produces the official guides for the BILD home shows, has donated hundreds of pages of editorial and promotion space to BILD, was the founding sponsor of the BILD Renovation and Custom Builder Awards and is a Silver Sponsor for BILD. In 1985, Rosset created HOMES Magazine, the first regular new home magazine in Canada and the first real alternative print vehicle for the GTA market.

“I am deeply humbled by this honour, to be joining so many illustrious industry leaders and pioneers in the Hall of Fame. For 33 years, it has be a joy to work in an industry with so many entrepreneurs and mavericks who embrace and celebrate new ideas and solutions. The support and friendship over the years has been extremely rewarding.

“And of course, none of this would have been possible without the fabulous team at HOMES Publishing Group, who make all things possible.”

During the Chair’s Dinner, other awards were handed out. Jon-Carlos Tsilfidis, president of Fairside Homes and Renovations, won Member of the Year and Corey Libfeld of the Conservatory Group won the Chair’s Award of Merit. As well, Rodney Ikeda of GSNH LLP, George Przybylowski of Construct Canada, Steven Hurst of Yellow Sheet Analytics, and Allan Steedman of Schaeffers Consulting Engineers were named to the Hall of Fame.

The HPG team, from left, Sonia Presotto, Amanda Bell, Jessica MacInnis, Michael Rosset, Frances Mangos, Trish Sutton and Josh Rosset.
The HPG team, from left, Sonia Presotto, Amanda Bell, Jessica MacInnis, Michael Rosset, Frances Mangos, Trish Sutton and Josh Rosset.



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