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September 21 and 22
2 days, 2 disciplines, 2 ways to participate – defining our professional roles and uniting to build more equitable, accessible and inspired communities.
As supportive housing evolves to meet the needs of diverse client groups, so too must the state of planning practice and the understanding of practitioners to ensure these housing types do not face unnecessary roadblocks. This session explores emerging trends in supportive housing (generally defined as a combination of housing and on-site support services) by examining case studies from the Ottawa area and elsewhere. Ottawa case studies include the Shepherds of Good Hope Montreal Road project — a mid-rise development which includes an on-site wine-making/managed alcohol facility — and the Cahdco/Youth Services Bureau Riverside Drive project — a housing facility and innovative Youth Hub for youth who have been homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
What lessons learned can practitioners take away for their next official plan or zoning by-law reviews? What are pro-active municipalities doing to remove roadblocks? Which techniques are successful for engaging community members and building local support for proposed supportive housing developments? The session examines the ways policy and zoning can facilitate or impede innovations in supportive housing and other planning challenges housing providers have experienced when proposing new projects.