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The District of North Vancouver is holding a public workshop Tuesday, January 23, to look at the future of housing in the District. For anyone interested in the District’s future, this would be a good workshop to attend.
The workshop will examine a report by staff that looks forward to the year 2030 in the light of outcomes already approved by Council. Overall, Council is anticipating a 20% increase in population and a significant change in housing mix.
Some of the highlights of the report include the following:
Metro Vancouver is a growing region with one million more residents expected by 2040. From 2006 to 2016, the regional population grew by about 14% (346,850) to reach 2.463 million and the number of dwellings by about 15% (156,621).
The OCP (Official Community Plan) anticipates 20,000 more people in the District by 2030. In order to meet the challenge of accommodating these new District residents the District must address the existing backlog of demand for accessible, safe, and affordable housing, as well as the future demand anticipated with the new population expected by 2030.
This would be about a 25% increase in population.
The District is addressing housing diversity and attainability by increasing the share of attached (i.e. multi-family) housing in the District. The share of attached housing, such as townhouses and apartments, increased by 2% between 2011 and 2016. In 2011, approximately 31% of the housing units in the District were attached and 69% were detached single-family homes. In 2016, 33% were attached and 67% detached. The OCP aims for a more balanced and diverse population by increasing housing options to provide choices for residents of all ages, including the “missing generation”, downsizers, aging residents, young families, and households of moderate income.
The OCP lays out an expectation of shifting the 2011 ratio of attached (31%) to detached (69%) housing to 45% attached and 55% detached (illustrated below) by 2030.
The report to Council includes a graphic that spells out future directions in more detail:
According to this graphic, the District anticipates condominium apartments will make up two thirds of new housing units while the number of single family home will decline.
The full report for Council can be found as part of the agenda here:
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