This Week In Housing News: Candidates’ Debates & Co-Housing

The Housing Justice Project Hosts Candidates’ Debate on Affordable Housing

With the civic election around the corner, Candidates have been making appearances at public events, press conferences, and debates.  On Thursday, October 23, the Housing Justice Project hosted its own debate on affordable housing, in partnership with the UBC School of Community & Regional Planning, and the Vancouver Sun.  Candidates from six parties were asked a range of tough questions from a panel of four housing experts, covering topics from social housing to re-zoning residential neighbourhoods to increase density.  For a look at how the debate played out over social media, check out our Twitter story!  (The Vancouver Sun)

City Council Candidates also participated in a debate on Wednesday in the West Point Grey neighbourhood, where they discussed the development of the Jericho lands and the possibility of a rapid transit line to UBC.  (The Vancouver Courier)


Tackling Housing with Tax Policy

With affordable housing dominating discourse in the upcoming election, Barbara Yaffe write about a neglected tactic to alleviate housing costs: tax policy.  Tex Enemark describes a problem of seniors saying in large houses while young families look for places to live, due to ineffective incentives.  Enemark says the  BC and federal governments have washed their hands of housing policy, perceiving few votes to be won.  (The Vancouver Sun)


Vancouver Co-Housing Movement Gains Traction

Co-housing, a type of living arrangement where a small community works together and shares resources and space, is making its debut in Vancouver with a new development on 33rd Avenue.  Residents will share common spaces like guest rooms and home offices, and work with each other on tasks like cooking and taking out the trash.  (The Globe & Mail)


Does a Neighbourhood Belong to Its Residents?

The role of developers in the planning process has been a big topic of discussion in Vancouver.  Barbara Yaffe questions the power that developers have to build in residential neighbourhoods, including on the City of Vancouver’s Board of Variance, a special panel that makes decisions on housing regulations.  (The Vancouver Sun)