Will Building 7,000 Homes in 7 Years Help Tackle the Regional Housing Crisis? the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Hopes So

Published by Inside Ottawa Valley – May 14, 2023

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) is set to launch a regional housing plan aiming to build 7,000 homes in seven years. The plan addresses the chronic and serious supply problem in the region, with wait lists on the rise. The EOWC’s footprint includes Lanark County, Leeds and Grenville, Renfrew, Lennox and Addington, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry counties, and Kawartha Lakes. The plan aims to incentivize an additional 21,000 attainable market rate units from the private and non-profit sectors.

The capital cost to build the 7,000 units is estimated at $3.1 billion, based on an average cost of $440,000 per unit. The plan is divided into zones, with the highest number of units earmarked for the Hastings/Prince Edward County/Lennox & Addington zone. The EOWC has enlisted KWM Consulting Inc. to complete a business case and initiate consultations with Indigenous, private, and non-profit sectors. A possible zone pilot project is planned for fall 2023.

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Peter Emon, Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and Renfrew County Warden, spoke to Lanark County’s corporate services committee on May 10 about the EOWC’s new ‘7 in 7’ regional housing plan. – Ashley Kulp/Metroland