Housing Accelerator Fund Action Plan
Government of Canada and City of Saskatoon announce an agreement to fast track 940 housing units over the next three years.
Please read the full press release here:
Housing Accelerator Fund Action Plan Information Page Now Live
Full details on the initiatives going forward with funding assistance through the Housing Accelerator Fund can be found here. The page includes information on the initiatives as well as informative videos and opportunities to comment.
The City of Saskatoon is looking at innovative solutions to remove barriers to the housing supply, increase the speed at which new housing can be developed and help ensure this new housing is sustainable. This initiative will be supported by the federal Housing Accelerator Fund. The City’s application for the Housing Accelerator Fund is under review.
Some of the challenges we will be looking at over the short term include increasing densification of certain areas, speeding up approval times, making the Zoning Bylaw better able to adapt to housing needs, and encouraging public transit-orient development (like through the Corridor Planning Program).
In May 2023, City Council approved the Housing Accelerator Fund Action Plan. The Action Plan outlines 13 initiatives the City will undertake to meet our commitments under the Housing Accelerator Fund application.
During a continuation of City Council’s Regular Business Meeting November 23, 2023, motions were approved to support Saskatoon’s application to the federal Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF). Full information can be found in the news release.
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Housing Accelerator Fund Action Initiatives
The initiatives are:
1) Accelerate Housing Development in the Downtown.
2) Implement new High-Density Mixed-Use Land Use Designation in the Official Community Plan - Approved on May 31, 2023.
3) Implement new Corridor Zoning Districts - – New Corridor Zoning Districts were approved on July 26, 2023.
4) Reduce Parking Requirements with a Focus on Affordable Housing Development. Remove parking requirements within the Corridor Growth Areas by the end of Q1 2024. - Report to Council November 2, 2023.
5) Remove Barriers to Accessory Dwellings Development
6) Streamline Supportive Housing Zoning Bylaw Regulations
7) Create a New Development Incentives Program
8) Develop a Disincentive Program for Underutilized Properties
9) Co-locating Fire Halls and Housing
10) Development of City-Owned Properties
11) Implement Changes to the Development Approval Processes for Affordable Housing Projects that are Consistent with the Official Community Plan
12) Partnering with Housing Providers to Preserve and Increase the Stock of Affordable Housing
13) Accelerate the Development of Complex Care Housing Through Partnerships
14) Encourage "missing middle" units including
- permit four units as-of-right in residential zoning districts
- permit four storey multi-unit development within 800m of the BRT stations as-of-right.
15) Increase housing density within walking distance of post-secondary institutions by partnering with the University of Saskatchewan to develop student housing in the College Quarter development area.