Housing starts in BC jumped 72 per cent higher to 44,019 SAAR following a dip in October. Starts were up 64 per cent on a year-over-year basis as single detached starts rose 11 per cent and multiple unit starts nearly doubled.Read More
Planning and Development
Imagine living in a former church, school building or fire station for $50 a week. Consider a 25 per cent tax on people who leave their homes vacant. Or the city taking over the hard work of finding a tenant for owners wary of renting.
The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts are coming down.Read More
Could micro-condos help address Vancouver’s housing supply and affordability issues?
Reliance Properties plans to build a 25 to 30-storey tower at 902 Davie Street, a site at the southwest corner of Davie and Hornby streets that is currently occupied by a 7-Eleven convenience store.
The tower will be comprised of micro-units between 175 and 275 square feet, with outdoor gardens every few floors and a rooftop space as well as amenities such as a dining spaces, an electronic library and a study hall.
Aging B.C. housing co-operatives are in limbo as federal government subsidies end and restrictions limit their options. Ironically, for some of Vancouver’s 108 non-profit housing co-ops, real estate speculation could be the saviour.
All of the federally-funded co-ops signed operating agreements with CMHC that ran for either 30 or 35 years. Starting this year, those agreements – and the subsidies – are ending. About 70% will have expired before 2020 and 2017 will be the peak year for agreements to end.
A petition with more than 1,200 signatures was delivered to Vancouver City Hall Tuesday, demanding a temporary moratorium on new market development in the city's Chinatown neighbourhood.
"We're seeing that Chinatown's character is changing very rapidly. With new retail, we're also very concerned about low-income housing," said King-Mong Chan, who works with the Carnegie Community Action Project.
"As these changes happen, Chinatown is at a threat of being no longer Chinatown, but a new Yaletown, a new Gastown."
The B.C. Supreme Court says the City of Vancouver did nothing wrong in allowing Concord Pacific to continue using a future park on False Creek for commercial purposes. In a ruling issued Wednesday, Justice Robert Sewell dismissed an application by the False Creek Residents Association to overturn the extension of temporary development permit the city gave to Concord Pacific while it completes adjacent developments.
Vancouver is pouring more money into efforts to create low-cost housing in the next four years than it has at any time in recent memory. And city officials say that money is going to be spent in a new way, with most of it going to units targeted toward low- or middle-income people.
Metro Vancouver municipalities are once again engaged in the so-called “monster-home” debate, this time clashing with homeowners as they prepare to cash out on their single largest investment, their homes.
The demand for new and larger homes is encouraging builders to tear down and build big. But just how big is the question.
Vancouver’s system of building highrise condos is better for residents than similar “hyper-dense” cities like Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo, according to a new study from Melbourne, Australia.Read More
Huge “monster houses” can block views, destroy landscaping and become architectural pariahs in established neighbourhoods used to a certain look.
But West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith said the biggest homes aren’t always the worst offenders in clashing with community values.
Vancouver is updating its Heritage Action Plan, Heritage Register and guidelines for heritage buildings. Pending completion of the updates in December 2015, a temporary guideline, Heritage or Character Buildings Review – Interim Procedure, applies to development applications involving pre-1940s buildings.Read More
If a developer buys land to build affordable townhomes in Metro Vancouver, how long will it take before we see “for sale” signs? It turns out no one could answer this question with any certainty, until now.Read More
The recent B.C. Supreme Court decision throwing out a controversial set of Yaletown developments has forced Vancouver to halt negotiations on as many as 15 similar proposals in the Downtown Eastside and West End involving social housing, Brian Jackson, the city’s planning director, said Wednesday.