Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods Study

Overview

The Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods (IHCN) study launched in 2021. This ongoing study is looking at different ways to add more housing options to Mississauga neighbourhoods.

Introducing more housing options in low-rise neighbourhoods – or “gentle density” – can help:

  • Give residents more housing choices in the neighbourhoods they want to live in.
  • Support residents as they move through different life stages.
  • Revive neighbourhoods with population decline by bringing more people and homes to areas with parks, schools, community centres and libraries already in place.

Public feedback is an important part of the IHCN study. As the study progresses, there will continue to be opportunities to provide input to the project team.


Update: Status of New Housing Options

The IHCN project is an important part of the City’s Housing Action Plan to get more homes built. Here is an overview of the status of the new housing options under review:

  1. Additional Residential Units: The City’s engagement for ARUs – homes such as triplexes, garden suites, garage conversions and laneways suites is now complete. In October 2023, Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee approved the recommendations for the City’s new zoning and official plan rules to allow up to three residential units on one lot. It also outlines the right lot size for one or two-storey ARUs and gives direction on their size and height.
  2. Fourplexes: The City is working on new zoning and official plan rules to allow residents to build four units on low-rise residential lots. On Wednesday, November 29, the City is holding a statutory public meeting at Planning and Development Committee to present draft regulations and take feedback.
  3. Semi-detached homes and smaller lots: The City is working on a project to update the number of residential zones in Mississauga. The goal of this project is to expand low-rise housing options by removing barriers for semi-detached homes and houses on smaller lots.
  4. Multiplexes: In 2024, the City will also be reviewing how to permit multiplexes (more than four units) across Mississauga. The review will include public engagement and consultation with the City’s Housing Panel. Staff will provide more information on the review in early 2024 and bring recommendations for Council approval in late 2024.

Overview

The Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods (IHCN) study launched in 2021. This ongoing study is looking at different ways to add more housing options to Mississauga neighbourhoods.

Introducing more housing options in low-rise neighbourhoods – or “gentle density” – can help:

  • Give residents more housing choices in the neighbourhoods they want to live in.
  • Support residents as they move through different life stages.
  • Revive neighbourhoods with population decline by bringing more people and homes to areas with parks, schools, community centres and libraries already in place.

Public feedback is an important part of the IHCN study. As the study progresses, there will continue to be opportunities to provide input to the project team.


Update: Status of New Housing Options

The IHCN project is an important part of the City’s Housing Action Plan to get more homes built. Here is an overview of the status of the new housing options under review:

  1. Additional Residential Units: The City’s engagement for ARUs – homes such as triplexes, garden suites, garage conversions and laneways suites is now complete. In October 2023, Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee approved the recommendations for the City’s new zoning and official plan rules to allow up to three residential units on one lot. It also outlines the right lot size for one or two-storey ARUs and gives direction on their size and height.
  2. Fourplexes: The City is working on new zoning and official plan rules to allow residents to build four units on low-rise residential lots. On Wednesday, November 29, the City is holding a statutory public meeting at Planning and Development Committee to present draft regulations and take feedback.
  3. Semi-detached homes and smaller lots: The City is working on a project to update the number of residential zones in Mississauga. The goal of this project is to expand low-rise housing options by removing barriers for semi-detached homes and houses on smaller lots.
  4. Multiplexes: In 2024, the City will also be reviewing how to permit multiplexes (more than four units) across Mississauga. The review will include public engagement and consultation with the City’s Housing Panel. Staff will provide more information on the review in early 2024 and bring recommendations for Council approval in late 2024.
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We understand our city needs more diverse types of housing for families, workforce, older adults, and newcomers. This survey will show design ideas for the different kinds of housing this study is exploring. When answering the questions, try to think about your housing needs and how you, a family member, or friend would use the space. Please complete the survey by August 31, 2022. 

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  • From April to December 2021, an online survey was released for the Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods study. The purpose of this survey was for the City to receive feedback on how housing choices in Mississauga could be improved while balancing other priorities such as affordability, neighbourhood context, infrastructure and parking. The survey consisted of four parts that asked respondents about their demographics and household characteristics, current housing situation, future housing needs, and preferences of various low-rise housing forms. 714 unique responses were received. 


    • To access a high-level summary of the survey results, please go here.
    • The technical document can be found here.


    The survey feedback is one of the many ways the project team is collecting feedback on how to improve housing choices while balancing other values. Other engagements are planned throughout the study to gather further perspectives and test housing options. Please continue to visit this project page for updates on future engagement opportunities.


    Thank you for participating in our survey on Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods!


    Sincerely, 


    The Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods project team.

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