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FILED ON LAST JANUARY 19

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The housing emptiness charge in Rimouski, based on statistics from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Company (CMHC), stands at 0.2%, properly beneath 3% (equilibrium charge between provide and demand).

“The Plan to Fight the Metropolis’s Housing Scarcity” was unveiled on the Mayor’s Dinner, an occasion organized by the Rimouski-Neigette Chamber of Commerce and Trade on January 19, 2023.

Man Caron, Mayor of Rimouski, instantly launched: “We have now earlier than you twelve actions which, in my view, are main within the powers {that a} Metropolis has to beat the housing scarcity. If it’s not the town’s position to construct, it nonetheless has the position of facilitating development and, with this plan, it is going to give a serving to hand with a view to better financial and monetary safety favoring growth. Almost 2,300 items are deliberate by this undertaking, for which the regulatory work will start in 2023, whereas we’re speaking about 2024 for the applying. »

Motion 1: further housing

The Metropolis of Rimouski will undertake the evaluate of zoning rules in order that subdivision requirements can promote the event of further housing. We’re speaking right here about home extensions that may permit the creation of autonomous dwellings, every with a separate entrance, in addition to their very own kitchen and loo.

Motion 2: UHAD

The Metropolis of Rimouski plans to develop municipal rules to supervise the development of indifferent accent dwelling items (UHAD) after the approval by the MAMH of the brand new land use and growth plan for the MRC de Rimouski-Neigette . “It is a looser type of identification, explains the mayor, permitting densification in a approach that the neighborhood can take in, equivalent to with intergenerational homes or rental housing in a home. »

Motion 3: the tiny home

Within the coming months, the Metropolis intends to determine land thought of for the development of mini-houses (roughly 50 m2). Thus, Rimouski can be prepared to maneuver ahead if a promoter or a cooperative approaches it to develop a neighborhood devoted to one of these housing.

Motion 4: AIRBNB

A modification of the town’s city planning rules is focused, to be able to govern principal residence institutions (ERP) remodeled into Airbnb-type vacationer residences, to facilitate the transmission of complaints to the Authorities of Quebec within the occasion of fraud.

Actions 5 and 6: Proper of first refusal and variety

Within the coming months, the Metropolis will determine further areas the place social and reasonably priced housing might be created, resulting in residential densification, concentrating on the town middle. The Metropolis can even work so as to add dense residential use in elements of the Cité des Achats, to be able to permit for mixed-use growth on this space (after approval by the MAMH).

Actions 7 and eight: Housing coverage and funding

A undertaking supervisor whose mandate can be to preside over the drafting and adoption of a Housing Coverage for Rimouski can be employed. A decision formally asking the Minister answerable for Housing to considerably enhance Quebec funding for social housing can even be adopted.

Actions 9, 10, 11: Property tax credit

The Metropolis will present computerized property tax credit score assist for the worth of the municipal contribution required by the SHQ and/or the CMHC for reasonably priced and social housing initiatives of greater than 20 items as much as a most of 35 years, after that it has confirmed its viability. Property taxation for the development of multi-family dwellings of eight or extra items can even be modified to permit property tax credit (years 1 and a pair of: 100% of the property tax; 12 months 3: 75%; 12 months 4: 50% 12 months 5: 25%). Nonetheless, to take action, the work have to be accomplished no later than December 31, 2028.

Lastly, within the occasion of the creation of further dwellings adjoining an present essential residence (for bigenerational or rental use), the Metropolis will present a property tax credit score of 100% on the added worth in the course of the first 5 years of operation.

Motion 12: Taxable buildings

As well as, Rimouski will undertake a decision formally asking the MAMH to authorize cities to introduce decrease tax charges for the class of buildings with six or extra items.

To succeed in the equilibrium charge, based on Man Caron, Rimouski should witness the beginning of development of a minimal of two,500 housing items within the coming years. A number of residential initiatives have already been introduced, or are deliberate, totaling practically 2,300 items, as might be seen within the desk taken from the Metropolis’s “Housing Scarcity Plan”.

About 2300 units are planned through this project for which the regulatory work will begin in 2023, while we are talking about 2024 for the application.

©Picture: Mireille Lévesque – The Benefit

About 2300 items are deliberate by this undertaking for which the regulatory work will start in 2023, whereas we’re speaking about 2024 for the applying.

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