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The FINAL Report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability was made public today (today (Sept 26) when posted online under the agenda for the Regular Council meeting starting at 9:30 am on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.
(See link for instructions on requesting to speak, probably on the morning of Oct 3 at the Planning, Transportation and Environment Committee meeting. You may also write to email@example.com, or directly to individual Councillors. And let the media know what you think.)
Download report in PDF format (2.2 MB): Mayor Task Force Housing Affordability Final Report 25-Sept-2012
On September 25, 2012, Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver wrote Mayor and Council yesterday urging Council to receive the report for information only, and NOT to immediately adopt the recommendations.
The public will have had only three full working days from the posting of this report until Council is to discuss and decide on it. Even the Vancouver City Planning Commission, the City’s advisory body on development issues, did not have access to the report until today.
Here are the key recommendations by City Manager.
A. THAT Council receive the final report from the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing
Affordability (Bold Ideas Towards an Affordable City), including the results of
the re:THINK HOUSING competition and the web-based Place Speak survey
attached as Appendix B, and thank the members of the Task Force for their
B. THAT Council direct staff to implement the action plan in Appendix A, including
immediate action to undertake a business plan and feasibility study for a City
C. THAT Council direct staff to begin immediate implementation of Action 1,
providing an interim rezoning policy that allows for consideration of rezoning
applications immediately in certain specific existing residential or mixed use
areas (not industrial, office or mixed employment areas) as outlined in 1.2
Here are the Terms of Reference of the Task Force.
HousingAffordability-CouncilMotion-2011-12 Terms of Reference
Official website for the Task Force:
Selected media coverage:
(critical editorial on densification)
- CBC Radio interview (Stephen Quinn interviewing Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs, 7 minutes)
And to put things into perspective, watch this video of newly elected Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in December 2008, slamming EcoDensity and thanking supporters for helping him get elected to fight EcoDensity. But the Mayor’s Task Force recommendations in 2012 are for Super-EcoDensity, couched in language about “affordability.”