This story about two towers at 47 and 48 storeys proposed by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties could be considered along with previous material on CityHallWatch featuring analysis and essays on ‘Our Post-Truth Culture and Greenwash’ by Jon Petrie, in which he focuses on “misinformation on a Vancouver ‘steam’ clock, a wind turbine, and carbon emissions.” The City of Vancouver is engaged in the same “post-truth” to language it uses to describe “affordable” housing and “social housing.” It is important to shine a light on this stuff.
Excerpts below. See full article here. https://www.straight.com/news/1047381/west-end-twin-tower-development-revives-question-about-vancouver-definition-social
Official information on the rezoning application plus link for public comments to City officials: http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1040-1080_barclay/index.htm
Condo owners and social housing residents will live together in a massive development proposed in Vancouver’s West End.
The residential project involves two skyscrapers of 47 and 48 storeys connected by a podium bridge at the northwest corner of Barclay and Thurlow streets.
The high-density development will include 481 condo units and 162 social housing units.
A city staff recommendation has yet to be submitted to council regarding the rezoning application filed for the site at 1040-1080 Barclay Street.
Randy Helten, a city watchdog, is interested to see what city staff will say about the social housing component of the project.
“I’d like to see a clear definition of social housing,” Helten told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.
This is because the 162 units of social housing in the project may be mostly market rentals.
The City of Vancouver defines an entire residential development as social housing if 30 percent of the units will be lived in by people who earn below the Housing Income Limits (HILs) determined by the province.
According to B.C. Housing, HILs is the income needed to pay average rent in the private market.
Even if 70 percent of the units are rented at market rates, the entire development is considered social housing, based on the definition adopted by the city in 2014.
According to Helten, the city’s new definition of social housing is “arbitrary”. Continue reading