Ensuring a variety of affordable housing options for all life stages
Housing options in the District must be innovative, flexible, with a variety of demographics in mind. First time home buyers need to be able to get into the market, growing families and downsizers need options, as well as aging seniors who require housing that works for them.
The majority of accommodation in the District is single family housing, yet not many can afford the high price of a traditional house. We now need to focus on other types of accommodation to allow home affordability for all our residents – townhomes, condominiums, secondary suites, coach houses. And, equally important, we must increase our supply of available and affordable rental stock, and ensure that any new housing growth is manageable, and supported by transit.
Making it easier to renovate or upgrade
Building a simple shed, garage, or creating a secondary suite adds value to your property. And, obtaining the necessary permit beforehand ensures that the work is carried out safely and in compliance with bylaws. However, I've spoken with many people who have encountered challenges and frustration trying to navigate the lengthy permitting process at District Hall. With housing prices at an all-time high, and with limited housing options, we should be encouraging people to upgrade and renovate their existing homes by making the process easier for them. The permitting process needs to be examined to ensure that the process is straightforward with minimal wait times.
A voice for the ‘missing generation’
We are losing an entire demographic of residents. The ‘missing generation’, those between 20 and 40, are finding themselves priced out of North Vancouver. With high prices and limited housing options, many can no longer afford to live on the North Shore and they are moving elsewhere. Even those who grew up here, and even if they have good jobs, they simply can’t afford a house, townhouse or condo, and rental stock is in short supply. I want to work to change that. As Council, we must be open to exploring innovative options. Making it easier to permit coach houses, secondary suites, as well as building up affordable apartment rental stock. There is a lot that we, as Council, can do and I will work to ensure that your voices are heard.
Livability includes childcare that is affordable and accessible
Part of attracting the 'missing generation' back to North Vancouver includes providing them with child care options that are affordable, accessible, and close to home. Currently, options are so limited that young families must plan for child care before their babies are even born! While the District's Child Care Policy has gone a long way in making this issue a priority, we must ensure it is always on the radar when we are looking at new developments, building infrastructure, or shaping public policy.