City council will ask the Government of Manitoba to withdraw a controversial bill, which would give municipalities the power to require developers to include affordable housing in new residential developments.
After several delegations in opposition to Bill 7 and a lengthy debate Monday night -- that ran past The Sun's print deadline -- city council ultimately voted in favour of the motion brought forward by Coun. Jim McCrae to request the province withdraw Bill 7, and renew consultations with Manitoba and Brandon developers.
Council voted 8-3 in favour of McCrae's motion. Councillors Garth Rice (South Centre) and Jan Chaboyer (Green Acres), along with Mayor Shari Decter Hirst were opposed.
The bill recently received first reading in the legislature. Municipalities would be able to take a mandatory, incentive-based or hybrid approach to requiring affordable housing, through inclusionary zoning.
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