In March 2017, Vancouver City Council approved “emerging directions” to help form the City’s new housing strategy, “a new approach to delivering housing affordability for local residents now and into the future.” Now the City seeks public feedback, on the schedule indicated in the above graphic. A report back to Council is expected in July, and the final “Housing Vancouver Strategy” is to be in fall/winter 2017. Policy implications and impacts on neighbourhoods could be enormous, so early public input is crucial. It would be interesting if someone would create a table comparing the proposed new housing strategy with the old housing strategy.
Provide feedback on the proposed new priorities and actions
CoV says “We are looking for all Vancouver residents to provide feedback on the proposed new priorities and actions, which will focus on building the right supply of housing across the city. Feedback received will help form our new 10-year housing and homelessness strategy, Housing Vancouver. Residents from across the city, renters, home owners, seniors, youth and families, are invited to discuss how housing affordability affects their lives and to explore how proposed new priorities could shape a new approach to housing.”
How to learn more and give feedback:
- Answer an online survey: The city has two online surveys open until June 23, 2017 (one for residents and one for non-residents — former residents and school/work commuters)
- Attend the public dialogue event, “The Big Conversation – The Future of Housing in Vancouver” on June 17 (Saturday) 10 am to 1:30 pm, Vancouver Curling Club at Hillcrest Centre. Registration required.
- Follow the topic on Twitter with hashtag #HousingVan
For more information, plus links to the surveys and registration for the event, please click here:
The June 17 even registration requires self-identification in one of four categories (renter/co-op member; owner; living at home with family or in student housing; struggling — e.g. temporary housing, a shelter, couch surfing, or homeless). As of June 15 one category is sold out, one is on wait list, and two are still open.
If a reader takes the survey, we would love to hear your comments/thoughts on it. citizenYVR@gmail.com
With the overall proposals and design of questions, are there any glaring gaps or biases? Watch the adjectives being used by City staff. Are there any pitfalls with what is being proposed? What is being missed in the City staff thinking? (For example, creating thousands of new official rental units by stopping the ruthless crackdown on unauthorized rentals and actually helping owners deal with code issues to get them authorized, expanding the secondary suite rental program, reducing cruel treatment in the renovation permit process, cutting inefficiency/incompetency/redundancy/waste in development/building permit departments, and more)
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