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  • Writer's pictureStephen Biss

Cities as "gatekeepers" whose zoning rules get in the way of housing densification

Updated: Mar 7

Assuming we will soon have a Pierre Poilievre government in Ottawa is there any point in caring about the City of Mississauga's Official Plan Review?

Do zoning rules, like Mississauga's draft Official Plan 2051 get in the way of the Conservative housing plan?

Should we eliminate all the rules and let Developers build whatever and WHEREVER they want?


"Poilievre has been riding a wave of support since the summer as he focuses his message on affordability and housing. He often rails against "gatekeepers" in cities he says are snarled in red tape, high fees and delays."

"In a statement, a spokesperson for Poilievre said Conservatives would reward those who get homes built and punish those who do not."

"If gatekeeper mayors have hurt feelings, they should look to the hurt they and Justin Trudeau have caused for their communities," said Sebastian Skamski.

"Only common-sense Conservatives will build the homes and turn Trudeau's hurt into the hope that Canadians need."

"As for Poilievre, his housing plan says a Conservative government would withhold transit and infrastructure money from cities "until sufficient high-density housing around transit stations is built and occupied."

"He's also promised to tie federal dollars to the rate of home building and withhold funding from cities that fail to ramp up construction by 15 per cent each year."

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