Creation of "Missing Middle" Housing Recommended by City of Toronto Committee
The City of Toronto's Planning and Housing Committee is recommending to City Council that the City move ahead with a process to allow for more housing opportunities in Toronto neighbourhoods, including "missing middle" housing, which is defined as unit types that fall between a single detached or semi-detached house and a high-rise building. This is consistent with TRREB’s ongoing message to City Council, and other levels of government, that efforts should focus on increasing housing supply, and specifically, supply of a greater variety of mid-density housing types.
The Planning and Housing Committee considered a report from City staff that sets out principles and a process for developing new policies to allow for more housing options in Toronto's “yellow belt,” which refers to the 35% of the City designated as "neighbourhoods," of which 70% only allow detached housing. TRREB has consistently called for the creation of more housing options in the City to increase housing supply. TRREB's submission to the Planning and Housing Committee supported this initiative and called for it to be further streamlined. View TRREB's submission here.
The Planning and Housing Committee's recommendations will be considered by City Council on July 28, 2020. You can view the City staff report here.
TRREB continues to work on this issue and will keep Members informed.