Affordable & Rental Housing CIP

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The Town of Cobourg is a community of approximately 19,440 people located on the north shore of Lake Ontario approximately half way between Toronto and Kingston. Cobourg is rich in history and heritage, featuring architectural splendor dating back to the 1800s. The Town has fostered the preservation of its cultural heritage past through the implementation of four (4) Heritage Conservation Districts, plus many individually designated properties. Cobourg also enjoys a bustling, pedestrian-friendly downtown and world-renowned lakefront park, beach and full-service marina.

With our proximity to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and attractive small town urban lifestyle, it is expected that the population in Cobourg will continue to grow at a steady rate, with recent projections indicating that the Town's population will increase to approximately 26,000 people by the year 2036.

Affordable Housing Strategy
In March of 2019, following a year-long research and consultation process, the County of Northumberland released its draft Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS). The Study assessed the current state of the local and regional housing market, identified housing needs and gaps, and developed action plans with key recommendations for the County and its member municipalities to be implemented over the short to medium term.

The AHS is the primary, over-arching document that is intended to provide Northumberland County and its member municipalities with the necessary background information and strategic direction to help implement affordable housing in the county. As an outcome from the County’s housing strategy, local municipalities were encouraged to explore and implement measures to incentivize the development of affordable and rental housing.

On December 2, 2019, the County of Northumberland presented the draft Cobourg Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS) to Cobourg Municipal Council. The Cobourg AHS builds on the recommended housing actions in the Northumberland AHS and identifies a number of strategic measures which are intended to address the housing needs and gaps in the Town of Cobourg. One of the recommended actions of the Northumberland and Cobourg AHS is to consider the use of a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to allow for the provision of incentives to encourage the development of affordable and rental housing in the community.

Community Improvement Plan
A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) can provide a suite of incentive tools to assist with the creation of affordable units. The CIP Study will develop a comprehensive, yet flexible, plan to assist in the development and enhancement of affordable and rental housing in the community. It will establish a coordinated and strategic mechanism utilizing the most effective tools available through the Planning Act and will focus on:

o Affordable housing
o Accessibility and visibility
o Urban design and sustainability
o Brownfields
o Social and cultural well-being
o Implementation, governance, marketing and monitoring

Goal
The primary goal of this project is to develop a comprehensive, yet flexible, pro-active plan to assist in the development and enhancement of affordable and rental housing in the community, thereby improving the quality of life and social well-being of its residents. In addition, this project may also assist the Town in advancing its objectives for community improvement by encouraging sustainable, accessible and economic development. The Affordable & Rental Housing CIP will build upon the goals of the Official Plan by establishing a co-ordinated and strategic mechanism utilizing the most effective tools available through existing legislation. View the Cobourg Affordable and Rental Housing CIP Project Launch Event/Open House presentation.

The public engagement objective for the Affordable and Rental Housing CIP is to:

  • Gather citizen and stakeholder's experiences with Cobourg's housing situation, how it affects their life and work, and any suggestions they may have for increasing the supply of housing.
  • Gather feedback from citizens and stakeholders on the Affordable and Rental Housing CIP draft plan to be developed after the review process.

We're looking for your feedback:
To share your thoughts on the Affordable and Rental Housing CIP, please contribute to the following public engagement opportunities below, including:

  1. Join our Forum
  2. Contribute to the Poll
  3. Contribute an Idea

The Town of Cobourg is a community of approximately 19,440 people located on the north shore of Lake Ontario approximately half way between Toronto and Kingston. Cobourg is rich in history and heritage, featuring architectural splendor dating back to the 1800s. The Town has fostered the preservation of its cultural heritage past through the implementation of four (4) Heritage Conservation Districts, plus many individually designated properties. Cobourg also enjoys a bustling, pedestrian-friendly downtown and world-renowned lakefront park, beach and full-service marina.

With our proximity to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and attractive small town urban lifestyle, it is expected that the population in Cobourg will continue to grow at a steady rate, with recent projections indicating that the Town's population will increase to approximately 26,000 people by the year 2036.

Affordable Housing Strategy
In March of 2019, following a year-long research and consultation process, the County of Northumberland released its draft Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS). The Study assessed the current state of the local and regional housing market, identified housing needs and gaps, and developed action plans with key recommendations for the County and its member municipalities to be implemented over the short to medium term.

The AHS is the primary, over-arching document that is intended to provide Northumberland County and its member municipalities with the necessary background information and strategic direction to help implement affordable housing in the county. As an outcome from the County’s housing strategy, local municipalities were encouraged to explore and implement measures to incentivize the development of affordable and rental housing.

On December 2, 2019, the County of Northumberland presented the draft Cobourg Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS) to Cobourg Municipal Council. The Cobourg AHS builds on the recommended housing actions in the Northumberland AHS and identifies a number of strategic measures which are intended to address the housing needs and gaps in the Town of Cobourg. One of the recommended actions of the Northumberland and Cobourg AHS is to consider the use of a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to allow for the provision of incentives to encourage the development of affordable and rental housing in the community.

Community Improvement Plan
A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) can provide a suite of incentive tools to assist with the creation of affordable units. The CIP Study will develop a comprehensive, yet flexible, plan to assist in the development and enhancement of affordable and rental housing in the community. It will establish a coordinated and strategic mechanism utilizing the most effective tools available through the Planning Act and will focus on:

o Affordable housing
o Accessibility and visibility
o Urban design and sustainability
o Brownfields
o Social and cultural well-being
o Implementation, governance, marketing and monitoring

Goal
The primary goal of this project is to develop a comprehensive, yet flexible, pro-active plan to assist in the development and enhancement of affordable and rental housing in the community, thereby improving the quality of life and social well-being of its residents. In addition, this project may also assist the Town in advancing its objectives for community improvement by encouraging sustainable, accessible and economic development. The Affordable & Rental Housing CIP will build upon the goals of the Official Plan by establishing a co-ordinated and strategic mechanism utilizing the most effective tools available through existing legislation. View the Cobourg Affordable and Rental Housing CIP Project Launch Event/Open House presentation.

The public engagement objective for the Affordable and Rental Housing CIP is to:

  • Gather citizen and stakeholder's experiences with Cobourg's housing situation, how it affects their life and work, and any suggestions they may have for increasing the supply of housing.
  • Gather feedback from citizens and stakeholders on the Affordable and Rental Housing CIP draft plan to be developed after the review process.

We're looking for your feedback:
To share your thoughts on the Affordable and Rental Housing CIP, please contribute to the following public engagement opportunities below, including:

  1. Join our Forum
  2. Contribute to the Poll
  3. Contribute an Idea
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  • Affordable and Rental Housing

    7 months ago
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    Overview: Housing is affordable when it costs less than 30% of household income. Affordable and rental housing are becoming increasingly rare in Cobourg. 

    Many options exist for encouraging affordable housing: older buildings can be retrofitted (e.g. churches, schools, old factories), and financial incentives and alternative building standards can be used for new developments. 

    Where it’s been used: 

    • Peterborough, ON  (Knox United Church Redevelopment) 
    • Orillia, ON  (Orillia Affordable Housing Grant)

    Overview: Housing is affordable when it costs less than 30% of household income. Affordable and rental housing are becoming increasingly rare in Cobourg. 

    Many options exist for encouraging affordable housing: older buildings can be retrofitted (e.g. churches, schools, old factories), and financial incentives and alternative building standards can be used for new developments. 

    Where it’s been used: 

    • Peterborough, ON  (Knox United Church Redevelopment) 
    • Orillia, ON  (Orillia Affordable Housing Grant)
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  • Sustainable Urban Design

    6 months ago
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    Overview: New developments can be designed to meet higher performance standards (i.e. LEED, Passive House) in environmental responsibility and energy efficency. 

    Existing Buildings can be retrofitted for energy efficency (i.e. replacement of doors, windows, heating) and use alternative energy sources (i.e. rooftop solar panels) 

    Sustainable design can also include streetscape beautification, new parks and landscaping improvements. 

    Where it’s been used:

    • Bruce County, ON (Sustainable Housing Benefit)
    • Cornwall, ON (Environmental Site Assessment Grant)

    Overview: New developments can be designed to meet higher performance standards (i.e. LEED, Passive House) in environmental responsibility and energy efficency. 

    Existing Buildings can be retrofitted for energy efficency (i.e. replacement of doors, windows, heating) and use alternative energy sources (i.e. rooftop solar panels) 

    Sustainable design can also include streetscape beautification, new parks and landscaping improvements. 

    Where it’s been used:

    • Bruce County, ON (Sustainable Housing Benefit)
    • Cornwall, ON (Environmental Site Assessment Grant)
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  • Brownfield Revitalization

    6 months ago
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    Overview: Older industrial areas can be remediated and revitalized into other uses, including affordable housing. This can provide a large land base for new housing redevelopment. 

    Revitalizing these areas can also lead to environmental improvements through land remediation. 

    Where it’s been used:

    • Guelph, ON  (Brownfield Redevelopment CIP)
    • Oakville, ON  (Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Assistance)

    Overview: Older industrial areas can be remediated and revitalized into other uses, including affordable housing. This can provide a large land base for new housing redevelopment. 

    Revitalizing these areas can also lead to environmental improvements through land remediation. 

    Where it’s been used:

    • Guelph, ON  (Brownfield Redevelopment CIP)
    • Oakville, ON  (Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Assistance)
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  • Accessible and Universal Design

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    Overview: Buildings and streetscapes can be designed to be accessible for all people. This can include ramps, elevators, handrails, barrier- free facilities, unit design and many other measures. 

    This can provide more inclusive community spaces and housing options for the elderly and people with disabilities.

    Where it’s been used:
    • Clarington, ON (Courtice Main Street Re-design) 
    • Halton Hills, ON (Affordable Housing CIP)

    Overview: Buildings and streetscapes can be designed to be accessible for all people. This can include ramps, elevators, handrails, barrier- free facilities, unit design and many other measures. 

    This can provide more inclusive community spaces and housing options for the elderly and people with disabilities.

    Where it’s been used:
    • Clarington, ON (Courtice Main Street Re-design) 
    • Halton Hills, ON (Affordable Housing CIP)

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  • Implementation, Data and Monitoring

    6 months ago
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    Overview: Data collection is an important part of measuring program success. Investments in data collection tools can improve program implementation and increase our understanding of future best practices.

    Where it’s been used:
    • London, ON (4-Year CIP Evaluation Method, Hamilton Road CIP)
    • Bracebridge, ON  (Annual Stakeholder Interviews, Bracebridge CIP)

    Overview: Data collection is an important part of measuring program success. Investments in data collection tools can improve program implementation and increase our understanding of future best practices.

    Where it’s been used:
    • London, ON (4-Year CIP Evaluation Method, Hamilton Road CIP)
    • Bracebridge, ON  (Annual Stakeholder Interviews, Bracebridge CIP)
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  • Social and Cultural Wellbeing

    6 months ago
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    Overview: Public service facilities like libraries and community centres provide essential services for all residents (i.e. internet services, language lessons, tutoring).

    Improvements to these facilities can include physical upgrades as well as program expansion.

    Where it’s been used:
    • Mississauga, ON  (Downtown Mississauga CIP) 
    • London, ON  (Lambeth Neighbourhood CIP)

    Overview: Public service facilities like libraries and community centres provide essential services for all residents (i.e. internet services, language lessons, tutoring).

    Improvements to these facilities can include physical upgrades as well as program expansion.

    Where it’s been used:
    • Mississauga, ON  (Downtown Mississauga CIP) 
    • London, ON  (Lambeth Neighbourhood CIP)

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  • Facade and Street Improvement

    6 months ago
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    Overview: Facades, including heritage buildings, can be restored using financial incentives to create attractive streetscapes, helping to revitalize downtowns and shopping areas.

    Other improvements can include widened sidewalks, more seating, street trees and bike lanes. 

    Where it’s been used:

    • Windsor, ON (Building Facade Improvement Program)
    • Cobourg, ON (Downtown Building & Façade Improvement Programs)

    Overview: Facades, including heritage buildings, can be restored using financial incentives to create attractive streetscapes, helping to revitalize downtowns and shopping areas.

    Other improvements can include widened sidewalks, more seating, street trees and bike lanes. 

    Where it’s been used:

    • Windsor, ON (Building Facade Improvement Program)
    • Cobourg, ON (Downtown Building & Façade Improvement Programs)
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