City of Toronto's Townhouse and Low-Rise Apartment Guidelines a positive step towards much needed affordable low-rise construction in Toronto

April 3, 2018

Toronto, April 3, 2018 – The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced today that they are supportive of the City of Toronto’s Townhouse and Low-Rise Apartment Guidelines as a positive step to increase the number of townhouse and low-rise development projects in Toronto. These guidelines will encourage more starter housing options for new home buyers, a growing need given the rapid population increase of the city.


Under the leadership of the Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee – Councillor David Shiner, City and stakeholders, including industry and residents, were able to work though outstanding issues. A revised and strengthen set of guidelines returned, as a result. BILD thanks planning staff for their diligent efforts through the deferral time, and City Council for the decision to uphold the agreement that additional consultation time allowed.


“These guidelines will help to enable much needed low-rise construction or the “missing-middle” type of development that can support transit in new and established suburban neighbourhoods,” says Dave Wilkes, President and CEO, BILD.    


City Planning listened to feedback from diverse stakeholder groups and has struck the correct balance in the final guidance document. BILD appreciates Planning Staff recognized the need to facilitate this type of housing development that is generally lacking in Toronto.


“Modest density in the form of urban low-rise helps to create a supply of market affordable family housing,” says Bob Blazveski, a member of BILD’s Toronto Chapter Advisory Group and Executive Vice President for Diamond Corp.


BILD members believe that the guidelines are the right approach to providing direction for townhomes and low-rise apartment buildings.


The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) is the voice of the home building, residential and non-residential land development and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. We are a non-profit, industry-funded organization of more than 1,490 member companies that works to improve the communication between our industry and government, provide enhanced opportunities for our members, promote the welfare of the industry and protect the interests of consumers.