Build Affordable Rental Housing before Redeveloping Aging Purpose Built Rental Properties!
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District Council implemented Bylaw 7900, the Official Community Plan, in June 2011. The Bylaw affords strategic directions for building a sustainable community to 2030 & beyond. Metro Vancouver also advanced a regional growth strategy to 2040 for which District of North Vancouver has pledged a regional context plan. Both of these policies cooperatively require growth of complete balanced, healthy and diverse centres through a greater range of housing types.
With a goal to increase four town and village growth centres by 10000 housing units, and recognizing a shift from single-family market housing, DNV must provide more varied, affordable options for different resident ages, needs and incomes. Council’s directive in OCP 7.2 is to provide more alternatives to home ownership by encouraging the retention of existing purpose-built rentals and by focusing a higher proportion of affordable housing in dedicated growth areas. To date, District Council has failed in their responsibility to provide an increase in affordable rentals, highly favouring developments of market purchase housing units and community amenity contributions over rental units or cash in lieu donations to affordable rental fund. Because of this, there are no affordable housing units for tenants who are losing their older purpose built rental homes due to redevelopment.
Until such time that council honours their responsibility to EVERY resident, including rental tenants, to provide adequate, affordable rental housing as directed by the OCP, the District Council of North Vancouver MUST deny any further developments that will displace residents from their homes, their communities and their support networks and that will negatively impact their social, economic, physical and emotional welfare. A concrete plan to regenerate purpose built rental housing (including rental townhomes) for families, seniors, and younger couples is crucial for growing communities to be successful and maintain a balanced housing continuum into the next two decades.
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