CALGARY, ALTA. – Calgary City Council has approved its Housing Strategy 2023-2030 with amendments.
Council heard from more than 160 residents and groups through three days of public consultation with the city’s community development committee. Amendments made to the housing strategy include leveraging city-owned sites for emergency housing for families, incentives for downtown office conversions to support post-secondary residents, investigation of business licensing for residential landlords, consideration of infrastructure investments for increased densities and the addition of reporting considerations for planning application processes.
“One-in-five Calgary households are currently unable to afford their housing. Today marks an important turning point. Approval of the housing strategy will have a profound impact on the lives of Calgarians. Implementation of the strategy will address the housing crisis and support our efforts to build more market and non-market housing,” City of Calgary manager of housing solutions Tim Ward said in a statement.
A City of Calgary release indicated implementation will begin for actions that do not require further budget or council approval and actions that cite the budget will be considered by council during budget adjustments in November.
Actions that require land-use or bylaw changes will follow the regulated legislation process and will return to council to a public hearing in the coming months.
Further details about the housing strategy are available here.