The Construction Association of Rural Manitoba Inc. fully supports the resolution in front of Brandon City Council to request that the Government of Manitoba withdraw Bill 7 and renew consultations with Manitoba and Brandon developers.
As already identified by various parties, developers in Manitoba have not yet had the opportunity to participate in the conversations about how to effectively implement solutions to affordable housing shortages.
While CARM recognizes and understands the need for affordable housing, offloading the responsibility onto the private sector is not the right solution. Studies have been conducted clearly indicating that inclusionary zoning requirements are not effective solutions, as they lead to those costs being passed on to other end consumers or coming out of the developer’s bottom line.
This may lead to the creation of an environment where housing prices are overinflated or where it is not profitable to do business in our community, which could drive the developers to go elsewhere and in the end does not provide any solution at all.
We would like to see the bill withdrawn, consultations held with all affected parties, including the development community and an appropriate solution proposed which takes into account the interests of everyone in the community.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 15, 2012