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Responding to NIMBY

The syndrome "not in my backyard" (NIMBY) stems from concerns about change in the neighbourhood, ranging from expressions about the presumed characteristics of newcomers through to concerns over neighbourhood impacts such as traffic and building form. The ACT funded projects below illustrate some strategies used to engage the community in accepting new residential developments.

ACT also published Housing in My Backyard: A Municipal Guide For Responding to NIMBY. The document offers ways in which municipalities can prepare themselves for NIMBY opposition, focusing on tools and techniques that have proven successful in gaining community acceptance.

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    Affordable Housing and Parking Stir NIMBYism

    Across Canada, there are churches surrounded by underutilized lawns and parking lots that could, in the view of Toronto's NUC-TUCT Non-Profit Homes Corporation, accommodate affordable housing.  To win approval for re-zoning, NUC-TUCT needed to address community concerns about traffic flow, garbage, utility management and the preservation of off-street parking for churchgoers and future tenants.
  • PDF Document

    Affordable Housing and Parking Stir NIMBYism

    Across Canada, there are churches surrounded by underutilized lawns and parking lots that could, in the view of Toronto's NUC-TUCT Non-Profit Homes Corporation, accommodate affordable housing.  To win approval for re-zoning, NUC-TUCT needed to address community concerns about traffic flow, garbage, utility management and the preservation of off-street parking for churchgoers and future tenants.
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    How the District of North Vancouver Built Community Acceptance for the Legalization of Secondary Suites in Single Family Neighbourhoods

    The District achieved widespread community acceptance that secondary suites serve genuine needs and therefore deserve a place in the housing mix.
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    Community Support for Affordable Housing: A Public Education Package

    In order to increase public awareness and acceptance of affordable housing projects, the Regional Municipality's Housing Opportunity Centre established an Affordable Housing Education Committee to develop an education package.
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    A Management Strategy for the NIMBY Syndrome

    This project explored people's objections to social housing projects in their immediate neighbourhoods and developed a management strategy to confront the NIMBY syndrome.
Page Updated: 21/12/2015