I've multiple (literally every single) time specified that this would be an objective for production homes in large scale developments- the majority of the 20k SDH's built annually in Ontario. Rural / semi rural custom SDH's on one off lots are a drop in the bucket, and not part of this discussion.I’m rural/semi-rural…lots of land and the smell of cows with a SE wind. There is no shortage of residential land where I live, and only people who want to be this far away from a city are…some big SDHs, some medium-sized SDHs, some small SDHs…even a few trailer parks nearby. No buses, no fire hydrants, no sewers. There actually is a sub-development of townhomes in the middle of the country nearby…weirdest thing I’ve seen, but no NIMBY thing going on…developers don’t feel restricted from building whatever they want. You seem bent on making SDHs shrink in suburban and urban areas to solve the problem. I don’t see a lot of mansion type houses going on inside downtown Ottawa, just apartments, condos and in suburbia it’s waves of townhomes for the most part. My point remains that where there is remaining residential development land in urban and suburban areas, emphasis should be made on efficient, higher-density housing biased towards vertical development. If someone wants to build a larger SDH out from the city where there is relatively plentiful land, let them, not impose some kind of Mother/Government Knows Best kind of restricted home size.
Take a drive from Toronto, through York Region, up to Barrie, across Dufferin Country, Dundalk, down through the tri-cities. Increasing numbers of townhomes (especially for infill).but still A LOT of greenfield land going to phases of 2400sqft SDH's, and comparably sized duplexes/ luxury townhomes. Places that wanted to densify and maintain their farmland until Father Government (knowing best) rolled over for his belly scratches and decried that we need suburbs that the locals can't afford.
I'm on a rural half acre. An hour from any "city".
We need a mix of houses. Part of that mix should be/will be subdivisions of SDH's. All large scale developments should be densified- including those that will be SDH's (and luxury townhomes).