Planning and Development

Canadian housing starts

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.

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Bold 30-storey micro-condo tower proposed for Davie Street

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.

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Housing co-ops “face horrible choice” as subsidies end

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.

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Vancouver's Chinatown shouldn't be new Yaletown, says heritage advocate

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."

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Court sides with developer in battle over future False Creek park

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.

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