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Langford Housing Leadership Continues

Langford has long led the CRD in building affordable, energy efficient homes. The reason is their support for affordable small lots, efficient permit processes, and market programs like Built Green. Langford’s leadership is more apparent as BC govt policies like the Step Code and Speculation Tax erode housing affordability. BC’s Step Code circumvents the National […]

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CRD Strategies Need Relevance, Accountability

The CRD’s recent regional growth and housing strategies are generated at great taxpayer expense yet lack transparency, relevance and accountability. The Growth Strategy vision mentions the environment, climate change, etc but not housing affordability. The document protects rural villages, discourages “future urban areas,” and promotes “slow to moderate growth.” It could be easily renamed the […]

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2018 CARE Awards Call for Entry

The Victoria Residential Builders Association announces the Call for Entry for the 2018 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards of Vancouver Island. The CARE Awards is the premier industry event celebrating Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction. This is a members-only competition to ensure standards are maintained, including VRBA’s review […]

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Unify for Responsible Regional Planning

Victoria and Saanich are discussing amalgamation through a citizens assembly. This model has been used by Duncan and North Cowichan resulting in a referendum planned for June 23. Victoria and Saanich are only 2 of 13 municipalities in the CRD, but they are the largest and it’s a start. Municipal elections take place in Oct […]

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Support Needed for Housing at Public Hearings

Public hearings for housing projects are being dominated by small, vocal anti-development groups, especially in Saanich and Victoria. They demand low density, significant green space, trees and affordable housing. The problem is the numbers don’t work. Low density, affordable housing with plenty of green space is not financially viable in the core with some of […]

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CMHC Reports Single Family Homes Declining, Multi-Family Rising

CMHC report: “Housing starts in Metro Victoria appear to be moving at two speeds with single-detached and apartment units diverging. Overall, the total starts are trending downward from a peak in late 2017. However, apartment starts were 77% above the March 2017 year-to-date figures, while single detached starts were down 32%. Inventory in single-detached units […]

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VRBA Opposes Reckless, Job-Killing Speculation Tax

VRBA has come out strongly opposed to the BC govt’s Speculation Tax from the start which is actually a money grab from hard-working Canadians, many of whom are planning to retire in British Columbia. We have written to the Premier asking that he cancel the tax and instead increase supply via responsible regional planning in the […]

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Fix Govt, Not the Market

The BC govt tweaked the Speculation Tax but this doesn’t address the fundamentally flawed policy undermining our economy and jobs. Increasing supply, not taxes will improve affordability. The Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank, says improving supply has worked in other cities like Houston. Flexible zoning and efficiency are critical. A recent Australian report says, […]

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BC Circumvents National Code Diligence

The Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources for Canada replied in a letter to VRBA’s concerns regarding BC fast-tracking housing energy efficiency via the Step Code. Carr says, “As part of a plan to make buildings more efficient, Natural Resources Canada and the National Research Council will support the work of the Canadian Commission […]

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Blaming Customers Bad For Business

The BC govt’s speculator tax has targeted customers as the cause of rising housing prices. Business fundamentals say if there is insufficient product to meet demand, it’s a problem of supply, not customers. Targeting customers with exorbitant taxes puts businesses and jobs at risk. Already, housing projects are being canceled by out-of-province Canadians intending to […]

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