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Housing Affordability Shortages

There is no shortage of purchasers looking for affordable homes.

There is no shortage of builders, materials and labour to build affordable homes.

There is a shortage of land on which municipalities will accept new housing, including rezoning for density.

There is a shortage of efficient and affordable development and permit application processes.

There is a shortage of governments not using development fees, amenities and taxes as a source of revenue.

There is a shortage of governments not adding costly regulations to the building code.

But there is no shortage of purchasers, builders, materials and labour to create affordable homes.

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This column is available weekly in Wednesday’s Times Colonist.

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