Land Needs Assessment

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City Council, as part of London’s Housing Pledge to 47,000 units by 2031 and the Roadmap to 3,000 Affordable Units, has prioritized the creation of affordable housing units in the City.

In order for the City to demonstrate capacity to accommodate growth and achieve our Housing Target, a Land Needs Assessment needs to be undertaken.

Read the Staff Report which outlines why the Comprehensive Review of the London Plan is being temporarily closed awaiting provincial legislation changes but the Land Needs Assessment will continue.


What is a Land Needs Assessment?

A Land Needs Assessment evaluates:

  • the existing supply of vacant urban land.
  • the potential for intensification within the existing built-up area of the city.

and compares that supply with the projected growth in population, employment, and housing over the next 25 years.


The Land Needs Assessment evaluates need for all categories of land use, including:

  • residential
  • industrial
  • commercial
  • institutional

The result of the Land Needs Assessment may be a review of the City’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The need for a UGB review will be based on the findings of the Land Needs Assessment.

Why is the Land Needs Assessment important?

  • It helps determine the opportunity for redevelopment, infill and intensification.
  • It supports the Provincial Housing Target of creating 47,000 new units and supports other housing supply initiatives.
  • It aligns infrastructure and engineering requirements with expected growth.
  • It supports the City’s monitoring of development and planning application data.


Industrial Lands Assessment

Industrial conversions to non-Industrial Place Types are a consideration in the Land Needs Assessment. Preliminary criteria to evaluate Industrial Land conversions are included in this report. Continuing the Land Needs Assessment for Industrial lands will expedite Amendment process to redesignate Industrial Lands to non-Industrial Place Types.


Are you an owner of Industrial Lands?

If interested, you are invited to submit a Request for Re-designation of Industrial Land.

The Industrial land review of the Land Needs Assessment asks:

  1. Is there enough Industrial-designated land to meet the projected growth in employment?
  2. Are lands planned for Industrial uses in the right areas of the city to meet the needs of Industrial sectors?

Landowners can submit a request that their property be evaluated by the City for a potential conversion to a non-Industrial Place Type.

  • Requests are to be received by the City by September 8, 2023.
  • Requests to evaluate Industrial sites are to be sent to tmacbeth@london.ca

Note: A future public meeting will be held with recommendations regarding the requested sites. Landowners who request a site to be evaluated will be provided notice of the public meeting. Notice of public meetings will also be published on this webpage and in The Londoner newspaper.

Notice of public meetings for the Land Needs Assessment will also be published on this webpage and advertised in The Londoner newspaper.


City Council, as part of London’s Housing Pledge to 47,000 units by 2031 and the Roadmap to 3,000 Affordable Units, has prioritized the creation of affordable housing units in the City.

In order for the City to demonstrate capacity to accommodate growth and achieve our Housing Target, a Land Needs Assessment needs to be undertaken.

Read the Staff Report which outlines why the Comprehensive Review of the London Plan is being temporarily closed awaiting provincial legislation changes but the Land Needs Assessment will continue.


What is a Land Needs Assessment?

A Land Needs Assessment evaluates:

  • the existing supply of vacant urban land.
  • the potential for intensification within the existing built-up area of the city.

and compares that supply with the projected growth in population, employment, and housing over the next 25 years.


The Land Needs Assessment evaluates need for all categories of land use, including:

  • residential
  • industrial
  • commercial
  • institutional

The result of the Land Needs Assessment may be a review of the City’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The need for a UGB review will be based on the findings of the Land Needs Assessment.

Why is the Land Needs Assessment important?

  • It helps determine the opportunity for redevelopment, infill and intensification.
  • It supports the Provincial Housing Target of creating 47,000 new units and supports other housing supply initiatives.
  • It aligns infrastructure and engineering requirements with expected growth.
  • It supports the City’s monitoring of development and planning application data.


Industrial Lands Assessment

Industrial conversions to non-Industrial Place Types are a consideration in the Land Needs Assessment. Preliminary criteria to evaluate Industrial Land conversions are included in this report. Continuing the Land Needs Assessment for Industrial lands will expedite Amendment process to redesignate Industrial Lands to non-Industrial Place Types.


Are you an owner of Industrial Lands?

If interested, you are invited to submit a Request for Re-designation of Industrial Land.

The Industrial land review of the Land Needs Assessment asks:

  1. Is there enough Industrial-designated land to meet the projected growth in employment?
  2. Are lands planned for Industrial uses in the right areas of the city to meet the needs of Industrial sectors?

Landowners can submit a request that their property be evaluated by the City for a potential conversion to a non-Industrial Place Type.

  • Requests are to be received by the City by September 8, 2023.
  • Requests to evaluate Industrial sites are to be sent to tmacbeth@london.ca

Note: A future public meeting will be held with recommendations regarding the requested sites. Landowners who request a site to be evaluated will be provided notice of the public meeting. Notice of public meetings will also be published on this webpage and in The Londoner newspaper.

Notice of public meetings for the Land Needs Assessment will also be published on this webpage and advertised in The Londoner newspaper.

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