City launches con­sul­ta­tions on 10-year hous­ing plan

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - VANCOUVER / NEWS - Matt Kiel­tyka

How can Vancouver be­come a place where peo­ple can af­ford to live?

That’s the big ques­tion at the heart of a public con­sul­ta­tion launched Fri­day by the City of Vancouver as it tries to de­velop a new 10-year hous­ing plan.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the city, it is look­ing for all Vancouver res­i­dents to pro­vide feed­back on what kinds of hous­ing are needed in the city to meet the in­comes and needs of peo­ple.

The city has set up a web­site, vancouver.ca/hous­ing, where peo­ple can com­plete an on­line sur­vey, read about the city’s pro­posed plans and regis­ter for public events like the up­com­ing June 17 di­a­logue, The Big Con­ver­sa­tion — The Fu­ture of Hous­ing in Vancouver.

Con­sul­ta­tions will con­tinue through the sum­mer, but city staff will re­port to coun­cil on ini­tial feed­back in July, where the city will pro­pose in­terim 10-year hous­ing tar­gets to cre­ate “the right type” of hous­ing needed in the city, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The city then hopes to de­velop a fi­nal Hous­ing Vancouver Strat­egy later this year.

Vancouver al­ready had a 10year hous­ing plan de­vel­oped in 2012 but it was scrapped half­way in be­cause of in­creas­ing un­af­ford­abil­ity in the re­gion.

The city pro­posed a “re­set” of the plan, lead­ing to the new round of con­sul­ta­tions this year.

“It’s a crit­i­cal time to boldly re­set our ap­proach to cre­at­ing hous­ing, with the af­ford­abil­ity cri­sis im­pact­ing all in­comes and neigh­bour­hoods,” said Mayor Gre­gor Robertson in the state­ment. “As we look at all op­tions to keep Vancouver af­ford­able now and into the fu­ture, I want to hear ideas from all res­i­dents on how the city can best meet their hous­ing needs.”

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