Housing development guidelines approved by county council

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HURON COUNTY – Residential development proposals will soon have a comprehensive document to ensure that housing developers understand the community’s goals and expectations.

Andrea Sinclair, urban designer for MHBC Planning Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, presented the final Residential Intensification Guidelines (RIGS) to Huron County council on Nov. 4.

The motion was approved to accept the guidelines, and staff will distribute copies to local municipalities for information.

These guidelines will help when evaluating development proposals and provide the community with more housing choices.

The document mainly focuses on multi-unit development and will apply to all residential intensification projects in the county. The guidelines also address residential conversions and Additional Residential Units (ARUs).

The RIGS are intended to be used by the builder and development community to guide residential developments. The guidelines address a full range of design considerations, including site layout, building design, parking, and landscaping.

The guidelines, not meant to add more red tape to the process, are expected to streamline the process by setting out the design expectations early on and avoiding the development community and planning staff’s back-and-forth.

By setting clear design objectives and priorities early in the process, the development community will understand what staff will be looking for when reviewing applications.

The RIGS will ensure that neighbourhoods continue to be diverse while maintaining the need to accommodate a growing community.

The County of Huron’s website states, “single detached dwellings meet many residents’ needs – but not all of them. When housing takes a wide range of forms, it can better meet the diverse needs of community members: those who rent, families requiring multiple bedrooms, seniors who are interested in downsizing, first time home buyers who can afford a house provided they can rent out the basement unit.

“Neighbourhoods are dynamic places; the shifts anticipated in the next 20 years will bring about a renewal of our housing stock and the introduction of more dense forms of housing. This document is a tool to help manage that change and ensure that housing is available – and affordable – for all who call the county home.”

For more information or to see the Residential Intensification Guidelines visit the Huron County website at www.huroncounty.ca.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times