Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

Affordability has been a growing concern in recent years as house prices have increased.

The May 2009 Affordable Housing Needs assessment first highlighted an unmet demand for affordable rental market housing for fixed income seniors and families. This study led to the creation of 34 new affordable housing units in 2015 adjacent to the community park. In 2009, when the housing needs assessment was completed, the average sale price of a home in the Parksville- Qualicum area was $369,4456, and home prices have increased by 50% since then. Income growth in Qualicum Beach has not kept pace with the price of housing, further exacerbating the affordability issue. The different rates of inflation for wages and housing is making it increasingly difficult to bridge the affordability gap.

Town policies support a collaborative approach to the development of housing. “The Town shall explore ways to work with community groups and senior levels of government to provide for the development of affordable housing, special needs housing, and rental housing. “ - Official Community Plan (OCP) S. 2.2.2 Residential - Policy 3

The Railway Lands offer the potential to provide affordable, medium density housing in a convenient location that is a short walk to the Uptown (commercial core). Increasing the diversity of housing is a priority in the 2019-2022 Council Strategic Plan, and constructing a The Town encourages a spectrum of housing choices and prices, from multi-family to single-family and secondary suites, from rural houses to village lofts, live/work accommodation, and from affordable to luxury.

The Project So Far

  • May 2009 - Affordable Housing Needs Assessment
  • 2015 - 34 new affordable housing units adjacent to the community park.
  • 2019 - Housing Needs Assessment Survey
  • February 2020 - Lands on the corner of Railway & Village Way proposed for rezoning to accommodate affordable housing. This was adopted at the March 11, 2020 Regular Council Meeting.
  • July 2020 - Zoning amendment presented to Council on July, 2015 - view the presentation on our website (starting 1 hour 42 min)

Further Reading

  • Public Information Notes - here
  • Frequently Asked Questions February 2020 - here
  • Memo to Council re Railway & Village Way - March 11, 2020 - here
  • Memo to Council re Railway & Village Way - Aug 19, 2020 - here

Upcoming Events

  • Public Hearing for 103 Railway St - Sept 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm via Zoom - here
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