Could Co-Housing work in the GTA?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Could Co-Housing work in the GTA?

Tags: GTA, Housing, Expensive Rent, Roommates, Affordability

Adaptation occurs when conditions change. And the housing market is changing. The lack of housing supply and the absurd prices are pushing many young people out of the market and limiting the possibility for home ownership.   Some buyers have adapted their expectations for housing and choose to own a house with roommates.  It’s called co-housing or shared housing. There are many mo...Read More

Mississauga’s Skyline to Grow Significantly

By: Case Feenstra Team

Mississauga’s Skyline to Grow Significantly

Tags: Development, Population, City Centre, Urban Planning

Mississauga is a city in transition. The once predominantly suburban, low density city that was once considered “sleepy” is now intensifying, becoming more walkable, and attracting professionals and world class business. There are now more than 750,000 residents and 71 Fortune 500 companies.   All of these residents, professionals and businesses need a place to thrive. And that pl...Read More

Oakville Hosting an Open House on the Old Hospital Redevelopment

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Hosting an Open House on the Old Hospital Redevelopment

Tags: Hospital, Oakville, Redevelopment, Demolition, Town Hall

The old Oakville Memorial Hospital is planned for demolition this summer. To prepare, the Town of Oakville is hosting an open house to inform residents of the work plans.   Oakville will present its plans on Wednesday, March 1st from 6-8 pm at Oakville Town Hall on 1225 Trafalgar Rd. The demolition will take around 12 months and there will be a host of safety concerns that residents should be...Read More

Oakville Finally Decides on the Downtown Facelift

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Finally Decides on the Downtown Facelift

Tags: Lakeshore, Public Consultation, infrastructure, Streetscape

Benches and lampposts in downtown Oakville have got quite a lot of attention. Maybe too much. Last year, Oakville engaged residents to learn their opinion on Downtown Oakville’s Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. A decision was made to go with contemporary designed benches, bollards and other infrastructure.   But no, despite the extensive public consultation, other residents were ...Read More

Longest Night for United Way Raises more than $100,000

By: Case Feenstra Team

Longest Night for United Way Raises more than $100,000

Tags: United Way, Social Housing, Homelessness, Peel Region

The Longest Night is an event that raises awareness and money to tackle homelessness in Peel Region. Participants in the fundraiser sleep in their vehicles overnight. It highlights the difficulty and discomfort that many people face in our community. Participants get a taste of what it is like to sleep in a car during the winter months. One night is difficult, but for some, sleeping in cars or eve...Read More

IKEA Making Kitchen Cabinets out of Recycled Water Bottles

By: Case Feenstra Team

IKEA Making Kitchen Cabinets out of Recycled Water Bottles

Tags: Kitchen, Circular Economy, Recycling,

Ever wonder what can be made from recycled water bottles? They can be made into a variety of products like clothing, other containers, carpet, and lawn furniture. But IKEA is taking recycling a step further and building kitchen cabinets from recycled plastic as well as reclaimed industrial wood.   It takes 25 bottles and a small amount of wood to create a 40 x 80cm cabinet. This shows that di...Read More

Clublink Accuses Oakville of Delaying Glen Abbey Development

By: Case Feenstra Team

Clublink Accuses Oakville of Delaying Glen Abbey Development

Tags: Bylaw, Glen Abbey, Halton, OMB

Two more appeals from Clublink were heard regarding the development of the Glen Abbey Golf Course. The proceeding lasted 8 days and the focus was on a bylaw enacted by the Town of Oakville that restricts development activities until January 2018.   The bylaw was enacted so the town could conduct three studies – the Urban Structure Review, Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis study and ...Read More

What do Economists and Credit Rating companies think about GTA Housing Markets?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What do Economists and Credit Rating companies think about GTA Housing Markets?

Tags: House Prices, Canadian Economy, Investor, Banks

Everyone knows housing markets are hot. But what do economists and rating agencies say about the broader implications of GTA’s housing prices? Economists from the Bank of Montreal and Capital Economics, as well as FitchRatings have recently highlighted their concerns about the extent to which the Canadian economy, and the GTA more specifically, are reliant on housing.   Economists from ...Read More

Oakville wants to become the most digitally connected community in the GTA

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville wants to become the most digitally connected community in the GTA

Tags: Oakville, Technology, Innovation, Public Services

What does it mean to be the most digitally connected community? Digital connectivity will allow Oakville to provide services to residents thought online digital platforms. Digital innovations and technology can improve the delivery of, and access to public services like energy management and permits for renovations or parking.   Oakville is working on developing a new website that will be a t...Read More

Halton Region Could Halt Housing Developments

By: Case Feenstra Team

Halton Region Could Halt Housing Developments

Tags: Funding, Infrastructure, Revenue, Growth Plan

The question always comes down to funding. The Province of Ontario’s Places to Grow Act mandates that Halton Region will grow to about 1 million people by 2041. Except Regional Councillors are arguing that there is a lack of revenue tools necessary for this level of growth.   What happens when a region lacks revenue tools? Property taxes likely would go up to compensate. And no one want...Read More