Chief Planner Gregg Lintern on the promise of multiplex housing in Toronto

In a Toronto Life Q&A, Toronto’s chief planner, Gregg Lintern (HBA ’84 Innis, Urban Studies), describes how a recently implemented “multiplex” housing policy can help make the city a more affordable and inclusive — stimulating architectural creativity without compromising neighbourhood character.

"Multiplexes give more people the opportunity to age in place while simultaneously increasing housing supply and affordability. Maybe you’re someone who has bought a home but needs extra income to carry the mortgage, so you build one or two new units. And then you have a range of family situations: parents living in a main unit with adult children, granny suites, nanny suits, etc."