Building & Industry News

DCC Best Practices Guide Needs Enforcement

BC’s Best Practice Guide for Development Cost Charges (DCCs) lacks the enforcement necessary to promote housing affordability. DCC’s are fees charged by local governments to upgrade sewer and water, sidewalks, roads and parks adjacent to new developments. However, the...

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Greater Victoria Housing Starts Up 20%

According to CMHC, there has been a 20% increase in housing starts in Greater Victoria (1,572) from January to May 2024 vs the same period last year (1,312). Yet there is a 92% decline in City of Victoria housing starts with only 20 units vs 247 last year - likely due...

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Join VRBA During Annual Renewal

Now is the time to join the Victoria Residential Builders Association during our annual membership renewal on July 1. Our association’s daily mission is to be effective, efficient and affordable for our members. We are the builders’ leading voice for housing...

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Oppose Another “Housing Tax” in CRD

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is considering a Regional Water Supply Development Cost Charge (DCC) Program to fund expensive, upstream water infrastructure projects. The VRBA is opposed to this program based on housing affordability and here’s why. When new...

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Measure Housing Starts for Supply Targets

On September 26, 2023, BC’s Ministry of Housing announced housing supply targets over five years for ten municipalities. In our region, these included Oak Bay (664), Saanich (4,610), Victoria (4,902). The government recently added Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt,...

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