Food security and housing crisis are two equally important issues that need to be addressed. While equally important, solving both issues might seem to have contradicting solutions, making it appear that stakeholders need to choose one over the other. Compromise can be reached, for sure, but it is easier said than done. Sometimes, a lot of grey areas have to be dealt with when trying to resolve the issues. Things could get a little bit stickier when the topic of rezoning is brought up
Rezoning involves changes in land planning to accomplish a certain goal. For instance, in the context of food security and housing crisis, rezoning could be done to convert parcels of agricultural land to residential land. This has been a cliché when it comes to development planning, not only in Canada where housing crisis has been occupying the headlines but also in the other parts of the world. It has become a question of: do we eat or do we lease? Here is a question that might be asked by different stakeholders of both the issues of food security and housing crisis.
Do we really have to take one over the other when trying to solve food security and housing crisis?
The answer is no. It might be hard to believe at first, but today, choosing one over the other is not necessarily the case. We haven’t reached that level of desperate yet, and we can still resort to innovative ways to resolve the said issues. News sites like Bloomberg and HuffingtonPost, in fact, had already featured other alternatives like reimagining shipping cargos as houses, living mobile and a ‘less costly’ life in vehicle houses, or even in tree houses with sophisticated style made to fit the contemporary times. Choosing these alternatives do not necessarily sacrifice parcels of land needed to be converted from agricultural to non-agri like industrial or residential use.
If these solutions seem to be so out-of-this-world yet, people can also settle with the typical condominiums which are known to be space savers as these structures occupy space vertically rather than horizontally. Many developers have so much to offer when it comes to innovations involved in this kind of structures. While it is not certain if such investment will be economically good in the long run, the touchy issue of rezoning could be undisturbed because occupying condominiums would just entail the utilization of the already existing land use.
The journey to a better housing condition in Canada might still be a long way to go, and in the midst of this is the careful consideration of food security and sustainable land planning. But it is sure that different stakeholders like property developers could also offer sustainable and innovative ideas on how to address the housing crisis in Canada. Whether or not these solutions involve rezoning, answer to both the issues of food security and housing crisis will surely reach a compromise in the future.