Once, twice, three times a debating.
That’s the scenario of City Hall today where the city’s planning committee is discussing a proposed rental housing by-law for the third time in just over a year.
Landlords and social housing advocates are against the idea saying it will cut into the city’s affordable housing supply.
Planning staff counter that many units were built without permits and do not meet minimum property standards.
The proposed bylaw calls for a 100 dollar annual fee per dwelling unit. 14 hires would be needed to manage and enforce the program however staff say those costs would eventually be offset by increased revenue.
Also today, a consultant is presenting a controversial recommendation for a new parking garage in the downtown core.
That’s despite a decline in the use of downtown lots over the past eight years.