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Intensifying our Communities—Laneway and Midrise Housing

  • Date Updated: October 2015

The Greater Toronto Area is growing rapidly, and that growth needs to be accommodated while also protecting the region’s greenbelt, farmland and drinking water—not to mention providing homes with reasonable commuting times. To do that, the region must build up within existing neighbourhoods, instead of building out on the suburban fringes.

In 2015 the GTA Housing Action Lab commissioned The Pembina Institute and The Ontario Home Builders' Association to create better understanding and recommendations for light intensification. They produced two research papers: Make Way for Laneway, and Make Way for Midrise. 

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