Mayor has ideas to add rental units in Stouffville
May 20, 2014
By Sandra Bolan
In order to entice developers to construct rental units, their development charges may get deferred.
The suggestion came from Mayor Wayne Emmerson during a council meeting, during which the region’s report on how to increase purpose-built rental housing in York was discussed.
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville council approved the region’s principals and recommended before implementation of any suggestions, a staff report go before council.
“It would be a good thing for our town to have some rental accommodations,” Mr. Emmerson said.
“I don’t think you’re going to get 500-unit rental houses at this time, you might get 50 at one time, maybe it’s an old area they’ll redevelop,” he said.
In 2011, the municipality enacted a second suite bylaw.
Second suites are only legal with Whitchurch-Stouffville if homeowners pay the $115 registration fee and ensure the property meets fire, building and electrical codes, as well as zoning and property standard bylaws.
There are eight registered second suites within Whitchurch-Stouffville, according to Karen Ewart, the municipality’s deputy clerk.
There are roughly 32,000 rental units within York Region, which has a population of 1.1 million.
About 40 per cent of those rentals belong to social housing owned by the region or a not-for-profit organization, according to Adelina Urbanski, York Region’s community and health services commissioner.