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More Accountability Needed for Best Practices

The BC government created a “Development Cost Charges Best Practices Guide” for municipalities to promote stable, reasonable fee increases for infrastructure upgrades like sewer and water, roads as well as parks. Yet many still need to adopt the practices. The guide says DCC’s must be applied with “Fairness and Equity, Accountability, and Certainty.” “Certainty should […]

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Public, Planet Need Effective Climate Action & Housing Affordability

There is a disturbing lack of real information regarding climate change and Canada’s CO2 contribution in local Climate Action plans and by local politicians. This contributes to ineffective municipal policies and regulations claiming to combat climate change while actually feeding the unaffordable housing crisis. Of course climate change is a very real challenge, and VRBA […]

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BC Govt Reviewing Asbestos Regs, Incentive Program

The BC govt is considering more regulations on the identification and abatement of asbestos including licensing of abatement contractors and consultants, certification of workers and testing labs. They are also considering an incentive program for asbestos removal. VRBA launched advocacy for an incentive program/tax credit/rebate years ago because: 1. There are no regulations for removal […]

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Crystal Ball Forecasts Moderation in 2019

VRBA’s Crystal Ball Housing Forecast was presented by: Kyle Kerr, Past President, VREB Cameron Muir, Chief Economist, BCREA Braden Batch, Senior Analyst – Economics, CMHC The theme for 2019 is market moderation. The economy is strong, unemployment is low, interest rates are reasonable – all essential for a healthy housing market. However, Victoria’s historically high […]

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Sannich Boosting Housing Costs While Surplus Almost $1 Billion

UPDATE: On Jan 28 Saanich Council will review a revised DCC proposal from a previous 240% increase to 180% or $8,689 for new single detached homes. Affordable market homes are ineligible for a DCC waiver, which will be available only to govt/non-profit projects. No DCC incentives  for energy efficiency because Saanich passed the Step Code, […]

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Environment & Tree Protection Facts In Saanich

Update: After ignoring the Rollo Report on the EDPA, Saanich Council plans to spend several hundred thousand dollars on more reviews while imposing “interim” severe restrictions on private property and development. Here is our letter to council.  Claims by some Saanich councillors that Saanich lacks tree and environment protection without the EDPA are simply without […]

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Transportation Strategy Key to Sustainability

The BC govt recently announced a regional transportation strategy/study for southern Vancouver Island. They will be looking at transit and roads, cycling, rail, marine, and even pedestrian traffic. This is long overdue for our region. Housing affordability often depends on density, which is largely dependent on efficient transportation. A good transportation strategy should identify future […]

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CRD Posts Highest Housing Starts Since 1976

According to CMHC, last year Greater Victoria posted the highest housing starts since 1976. Or should we say Langford…which contributed 40% of the 4,273 total and 60% of all new rentals. Starts increased in Langford while declining in Saanich and Victoria, both of which added more regulatory costs to building homes for the upcoming year. […]

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Best of the Season from VRBA

CMHC recently announced year-to-date housing starts for Greater Victoria and we are again in record-setting territory. During the first 11 months of 2018, our region posted 3,498 new homes, numbers not seen since the 1970’s.  Langford is setting the pace at 1,633 units or about 47% of all new homes, and of these 1,198 are […]

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Figures Don’t Lie…But Some Politicians Can Figure

The latest CMHC  report reveals that while 53% of new housing is rental 65% of that number is in 1 municipality–Langford. Langford posted 1,198 new rentals while Saanich is at 122 & Victoria posted only 162 year-to-date, both declines from last year. Excluding Langford, the entire CRD posted only 648 new rentals. The numbers clearly […]

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