. [url= groups in the southern Ontario city of Brampton are fighting to have controversial land use developments on their properties torn down, despite being told it will only drive up the cost of housing for city residents.
Brampton's Planning and Development Committee voted on Wednesday to deny construction plans for a high-rise apartment complex and a three-storey building with a four-bedroom home.
In both cases, staff told councillors the projects will bring more homes to the city, but did not say if the developers agreed to do it at a lower cost.
The city's rules require all developers to provide written commitments to the city that they will build affordable housing at a rate that is 15 per cent of the total units in a new project.
Mayor and councillors were told none of the developers have done that.
But council voted unanimously to uphold both decisions, rejecting the appeal by the Brampton Neighbourhood Change Trust, along with a separate appeal by the South Brampton Community Land Trust.
Both groups argued the projects would have caused traffic congestion and increased noise levels, and their supporters said the developers did not have any commitments to provide affordable housing.
Robert McGinnis, former chair of the Brampton Neighbourhood Change Trust, says the projects' developers provided the city with no guarantees they would deliver affordable housing. (CBC)
The original applications called for 140 market-priced units in the multi-unit complex, to be built near Lyle Ferguson Drive and Bramalea Road.
The application for four-bedroom homes on Poplar and Blackstock boulevards was for a sprawling community of three three-storey homes, each with a private yard, and 22 single-family homes.
Developers had agreed to provide 33 units at a lower price than the city's rules require, and the individual homes would have been below the city's affordable housing guidelines.
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