Richard Lyall

Richard Lyall

Richard Lyall

Richard Lyall is president of RESCON and has represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991. Contact him at [email protected]

Published Articles by Richard Lyall

How do you tackle GTA’s rental crunch? Increase supply

A recent survey by Abacus Data stated that one-third of non-homeowners in Ontario have given up on ever owning property; another 26 per cent are pessimistic.

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Toronto City Council takes short-sighted view on housing

The move has given builders leeway to stagger shifts and therefore limit the number of construction workers at gathering points on a worksite, such as at a hoist.

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MZOs slice through red tape and streamline approvals process

Municipalities have often been slow in updating zoning to align with provincial land-use planning policy. This ultimately can affect the speed of new housing supply coming to market.

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Parking spaces should reflect demand

A decrease in vehicle ownership and increases in driving alternatives like ride-sharing and public transit has resulted in reduced need for parking spaces by residents who buy units in new developments.

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Trades shortage looms large in construction industry

A shortage of trades would set our industry back and have disastrous effects on our economy. Our province is in desperate need of housing and we must keep building it.

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Stakeholders come together for faster housing development

More than 20 public and private sector organizations are now on board with the ambitious initiative, known as One Ontario. The goal of the initiative is to achieve efficiency and transparency through the development approval process.

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Perfect storm brews amid housing shortage

Developers have delayed many projects due to COVID-19 which has set back thousands of occupancies.

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Criticism of Ford gov’t for MZO orders is misguided

RESCON's president feels the criticism for municipal zoning orders in the City of Toronto is unwarranted due to housing shortages.

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Hope on the horizon for e-permitting initiatives

Construction stakeholders are taking aim at the extraordinary amount of time it takes to get projects through the development approval processes in Ontario.

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Construction industry remains robust during hard times

The health and safety of workers is, and remains, the most important concern of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON).

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