Affordable housing on District-owned lands

We are working to build a healthy community with a diverse selection of housing that fits the needs of residents of all ages, incomes, abilities, and household sizes.

To help meet current needs, we're looking at the potential for adding new affordable housing on a pair of District-owned sites in the future.

The properties are located at 900 St. Denis Avenue and the southeast corner of Mountain Highway and Hunter Street. Portions of these sites are currently occupied by Fire Hall #2 and the DNVFRS training centre, both of which will soon be replaced by the new Maplewood Fire and Rescue Centre.

New affordable housing on District-owned land can help ensure low- to moderate-income households, including those vulnerable to homelessness, are able to live and work in the District. Housing is considered affordable when 30% or less of a household's income goes towards paying housing costs.

News and updates

May 16, 2022 — Community input    

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on options for affordable housing at 900 St. Denis Avenue and the southeast corner of Mountain Highway and Hunter Street.

Your feedback, along with research and analysis, will be used to help shape the future of these sites. A summary of the engagement results and staff’s recommendations for next steps will be presented to Council for consideration.

April 13 - May 15, 2022 — Online survey 

We are asking for your input and feedback on draft design scenarios for affordable housing potentially located on two District-owned properties. The online engagement will run from April 13 - May 15, 2022. 

You can also share your ideas at one of our upcoming virtual open houses or in-person open house. See dates for these events in the 'Engagement opportunities' tab.

Engagement opportunities

April 13 - May 15, 2022 — Online survey 

We are asking for your input and feedback on draft design scenarios for affordable housing potentially located on two District-owned properties. The online engagement will run from April 13 - May 15, 2022. 

April 21, 26, 2022 — Virtual open houses 

We are hosting interactive virtual open houses for members of the public to learn about the sites, explore draft scenarios, share ideas, ask questions and provide feedback.

  • Thursday, April 21, 6:30pm - 8pm
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2pm - 3:30pm

May 4, 2022 — In-person open house 

We are hosting an in-person open house for members of the public to learn about the sites, explore draft scenarios, share ideas, ask questions and provide feedback.

  •  3pm - 8pm (in-person only, drop-in at any point during the open house), at the Seymour Room in the Holiday Inn, 700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver

Background

On November 2, 2020, Council directed staff to prepare scenarios that would permit affordable housing on several District-owned sites. Staff presented the scenarios at the Regular Meeting of Council on December 13, 2021.

At that time, Council asked staff to proceed with public engagement on two of the sites:

  • 900 St. Denis Avenue
  • Mountain Highway and Hunter Street (southeast corner)

Learn more about these two sites and housing in the District

Delivering affordable housing

The District has played a leadership role in supporting housing diversity by offering DNV-owned lands for rental, social, and affordable housing where partnership or funding opportunities are available.

For partnerships on District land, we typically retain ownership of the land and sign long-term lease agreements with non-profit housing societies to develop and operate the units, secured with below-market rents and tenant eligibility criteria.

The continued success of this strategy relies, in part, on having suitable District-owned lands identified and available for affordable housing. This will improve our ability to respond to funding and partnership opportunities as they arise and increase the probability of a project proceeding.

This approach to delivering affordable housing is supported by a number of policy initiatives outlined in the following documents:

 

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DNV sites under consideration 

District-owned lands at 900 St. Denis Avenue and Mountain Highway and Hunter Street are currently be considered as potential sites for affordable housing.

Map of sites located at District-owned sites at 900 St Denis Avenue and Mountain Highway/Hunter Street.

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