STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT
Priority #1: Community Livability & Social Equity
In January of 2015, the Mayor’s Housing Affordability Task Force was established with the goal of increasing livability of the city by working with key partners to develop affordable housing projects that meet the needs of an identified group of people (e.g., families, seniors) with low to moderate incomes as a high priority.
Ground breaking ceremonies for affordable housing projects at 43 Hastings Street and 630 Ewen Avenue were held in spring 2018 and construction is underway. City staff has reviewed four sites with potential for a possible modular housing project to address homelessness. Based on this review, Council has directed staff to initiate a development approvals process for 838 Ewen Avenue and has given First and Second Readings to the Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment Bylaws. On May 28, 2018, Council directed staff to further explore the potential of 200 Fenton Street as an alternate site for a modular housing project. Based on due diligence work, including a Pre-Feasibility Study, Council has decided to proceed with 838 Ewen Avenue and further explore 200 Fenton Street for a permanent non-market or supportive housing project. On June 26th, Council closed third reading of an OCP amendment for the modular housing project on 838 Ewen Avenue after a public hearing.