City seeks public input to shape new housing strategy: Meet June 17 (Sat), take online survey by June 23

CoV schedule housing reset 2017

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.

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)


EXCERPT FROM “City invites public to join the big conversation to help shape new housing strategy” May 26 2017


On March 28, 2017, City staff presented City Council with the proposed new housing priorities.

Priorities identified and ideas the City is exploring to form the new Housing Vancouver Strategy include:

  1. Create more of the right type of housing based on what people can afford
    • Set new targets for housing development based on affordability to local residents
    • Expand the Rental 100 incentive program to provide more rental housing options with greater affordability
    • Create more rental housing for individuals and families near transportation hubs, including two new rapid transit stations
    • Preserve and re-investing in existing rental housing
  2. Accommodate Vancouver’s changing communities by providing a diversity of housing in neighbourhoods across the city
    • Integrate diverse housing forms like rowhouses, townhouses, and duplexes into existing neighbourhoods
    • Create more opportunities for rental or ownership on single-and two-family lots, like rented laneway houses or stratified coach homes
    • Launch a public dialogue to discuss ideas on how our neighbourhoods can evolve in the future
  3. Ensure a healthy rental market through security and protection for renters
    • Continue advocacy for stronger Provincial renter protections
    • Enhance City protections and assistance for renters impacted by redevelopment
    • Increase availability of secured rental homes with greater affordability
  4. Provide City land to build new rental housing that is affordable to our residents
    • Work with the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) to develop 1,000 units of affordable housing on eight City-owned sites in 2017
    • Build an additional 3,800 new homes on six major City-owned properties
    • Identify future land areas for innovative housing ideas like temporary modular housing
  5. Prioritize delivery of projects designed to provide affordable rental homes
    • Implement a one-year pilot program to speed up production of affordable housing
    • Provide faster approval times for planning and development processes
  6. Make Homelessness rare, brief, and one-time
    • Deploy the new specialized City of Vancouver Homelessness Services Team
    • Implement the recommendations of the City of Vancouver Single Room Occupancy (SRO)Task Force through our new SRO action plan, to improve and transform Vancouver’s SRO housing stock while protecting residents
    • Work with Metro Vancouver partners on a regional action plan on homelessness

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