Niagara Region moves forward with plans to support more attainable housing, find efficiencies
In response to some of the most pressing concerns of residents and businesses, yesterday Niagara Region outlined its initial plans to both increase the supply of attainable housing options and find ways to better utilize public resources across Niagara.
After taking office last December, Regional Council quickly announced that attainable housing and shared services would be among its top priorities for the next four years. As a demonstration of this commitment, Regional Council worked with staff in March to create the Strategic Transformation Office, a division that houses staff dedicated to finding opportunities to better share municipal resources, as well as increase attainable housing options across Niagara.
The decision to place housing and public sector efficiency at the top of the priority list not only reflects the desires of the public, it also directly aligns with the direction of the provincial government and their efforts to see more homes built across Ontario.
Highlights of the new Office’s early work include:
- Finalizing the evaluation and prioritization criteria for shared services opportunities
- Approval of the workplan to implement identified projects
- Hiring the appropriate staff resources needed to expedite the implementation of the workplan
- Ensuring that current and new policies developed by Niagara Region keep housing attainability as a central focus
- Leveraging Regional real estate assets for housing development opportunities
- Developing a strategy for student housing in partnership with Brock University and Niagara College
- Building strategies to ensure adequate housing is available for large employers
"In a time when inflation and other external factors are making it more difficult for residents to make ends meet, this term of council has committed to making meaningful and measurable progress in the areas of shared municipal services and attainable housing. Through out creation of the Office of Strategic Transformation, we are ensuring that we are doing all we can to make the provision of important municipal services as efficient as possible, while building a community that puts housing attainability at the forefront. We are dedicated to growing a better Niagara, together."
~ Regional Chair, Jim Bradley
"Working collaboratively and with dedicated resources to drive these priority projects forward in a purposeful, aligned and strategic manner is critical in ensuring that Niagara is growing and evolving in a way that has meaningful impact on our community."
~ Matt Robinson, Director, Strategic Transformation Office
Janine Tessmer (media only)