Rental and affordable housing strategy

Our Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy helps guide developers, community members, Council, and staff toward meeting the estimated demand for rental and affordable housing in the District.

The strategy is intended to provide additional detail that will inform the existing housing policies in the Official Community Plan, Centres Implementation Plans, and relevant corporate policies.

Read the strategy in detail

Download the complete Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy (PDF; 2.9MB)

News, events, highlights

November 28, 2016 — Strategy approved by Council

At the Monday, November 28 regular Council meeting, Council approved the Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy. At the same meeting, they also approved the Residential Tenant Relocation Assistance Policy.

You can review the documents from this meeting in the 'Documents and related links' tab.

November 15, 2016 — Council workshop discussion

Council met with members of staff to continue their discussion of the goals and policies in the draft strategy.

July 26, 2016 — Council workshop discussion

Council met with members of staff to continue their discussion of the goals and policies in the draft strategy.

July 11, 2016 — Council workshop discussion

Council met with members of staff to continue their discussion of the goals and policies in the draft strategy.

July 5, 2016 — Public opinion survey results presented to Council

Staff attended a Council Workshop to present the results of the affordable housing survey that was conducted between May 18 and June 3. They also received feedback and answer questions from Council about the Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy.

You can view the survey findings in the 'Documents and related links' tab.

May 18 to June 3, 2016 — Online questionnaire

We wanted to know about your preferred approaches to creating and maintaining affordable housing options, as well as your own experiences and needs related to affordable housing. We made an online questionnaire available, which was a condensed version of the survey that was conducted by phone and in person at District facilities.

May 18 to June 3, 2016 — Community input

We retained NRG Research Group to learn more about residents' opinions of, and need for, affordable housing in the District. This outreach included telephone surveys and in-person surveys at District facilities such as libraries and community centres. Residents who were asked to take the onsite survey, but didn't have time, had the option of completing it later online. The data gathered from this outreach will be used to further develop the policy framework. 

November 2, 2015 to May 3, 2016 — Staff presentations to Council

Between November 2015 and May 2016, staff met with Council a number of times to discuss their progress in developing the draft strategy. Here is a brief summary of those meetings.

Meeting date Purpose of presentation
May 3, 2016 Present the results of stakeholder feedback on the draft Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy and outline the proposed public engagement strategy.
March 29, 2016 Receive Council's feedback on the proposed Tenant Assistance Policy.
March 7, 2016 Seek Council direction regarding developing policy to assist tenants in aging multi-family rental buildings displaced by new development.
February 15, 2016 Establish a policy framework for the Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy.
January 25, 2016 Confirm the goals and targets for the draft strategy. 
December 8, 2015 Explore the draft goals, objectives, and demand estimates for the proposed strategy.
December 1, 2015 Overview of the rental and affordable housing regional context.
November 2, 2015 Review a rental and affordable housing green paper, including housing inventory, issues and challenges for housing in the District, and potential tools for addressing rental and affordable housing.

Details

Key areas of focus

The Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy focuses on the needs of low and low-to-moderate income earning households that are most likely to face challenges in finding appropriate and affordable housing.

These households are largely renters earning an estimated 30 - 50% and 50 - 80%, respectively, of the District’s median rental household income.

This area of focus roughly coincides with the social housing, low end market rental, and market rental housing segments of the District’s housing continuum.

Established CMHC Affordability Criteria, as updated on an annual basis, will be used to guide the determination of affordability levels.

The Strategy also seeks to provide more housing choices for lower income seniors, students, persons with disabilities, and vulnerable populations at risk of being homeless.

Chart showing the housing continuum from emergency shelters to market home ownership
Chart showing the housing continuum – from emergency shelters to market home ownership — and the households we are focusing on with our rental and affordable housing strategy

 

Key goals and actions of the strategy

Goal 1 — Expand the supply and diversity of housing 
Goal 2 — Expand the supply of new rental and affordable housing 
Goal 3 — Encourage the maintenance and retention of existing affordable rental
Goal 4 — Enable the replacement of existing rental housing with conditions 
Goal 5 — Minimize impacts to tenants 
Goal 6 — Partner with other agencies to help deliver affordable housing

Documents and related links

Policy documents

Download the complete Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy (PDF; 2.9MB)

Download the Residential Tenant Relocation Assistance Policy (PDF; 189KB)

Council documents

November 28, 2016

Staff presented the strategy to Council for their consideration, along with the Residential Tenant Relocation Assistance Policy.

Download the meeting agenda and staff report

July 11, 2016

Staff met with Council to discuss the draft strategy. 

Download the draft strategy document, updated in June 2016 

July 5, 2016

At the Council Workshop on July 5, 2016, Council received information on the results of the Affordable Housing Survey that was conducted between May 18 and June 3, 2016.

Download the survey findings 

November 2, 2015 to May 3, 2016

Staff have prepared a number of reports and presentations related to this strategy for Council. You can find all of those documents on our Council documents search page. 

Find affordable housing Council documents

Key DNV policies and initiatives

  • Official Community Plan
  • Community Amenity Policy (updated 2016)
  • Accessible Design Policy for Multi-family Residential Apartments (2015)
  • ​Coach House amendment to the Zoning Bylaw (2014)
  • Centre Implementation Plan Housing Policies (2013)
  • Strata Rental Protection Corporate Policy (2013)

Background

The need for a strategy

Increasing housing choices to meet the diverse needs of residents of all ages and incomes is a key objective in our Official Community Plan (OCP). The OCP also identifies the need for a rental and affordable housing strategy to address the housing needs of low to moderate income earning households.

While important strides have been made to increase the type and tenure of housing through revitalization and mixed use redevelopment of the designated town and village centres, the need for rental and affordable housing is a growing concern for us and other municipalities.

Estimated demand

Our Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy estimates that the demand for affordable rental units for low and low to moderate income households in the next 10 years is between 600 to 1,000 units. This translates to an estimated 60 to 100 affordable rental units per year.

Roadmap to a sustainable future

Through our Official Community Plan (OCP) policies, we are fulfilling our community's vision of vibrant, sustainable neighbourhoods where everyone is welcomed and valued.

Our many social, environmental, and economic plans are helping us implement those policies.