2016 surpassed all previous years for new rental housing approved by City Council. Preliminary year-end numbers show that more than 1,800 new units were approved this year, far exceeding past years. “Vancouver is leading Metro Vancouver in housing supply, providing more than half of all new rentals in the region,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver’s economy is booming and as we grow, we want to make sure families have a diversity of housing options to put down roots in the city.
It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of 2016 – and what a year it’s been! From building thousands of new homes to meeting many of our Greenest City targets, I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together this year. We know affordability remains a top concern for many Vancouverites, and we’re struggling with a devastating fentanyl overdose crisis in our city, but we’ve got big plans for at City Hall in 2017. But first, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the highlights from the past 12 months:
The City of Vancouver opened two community centres overnight Saturday to welcome anyone who needed to get out of the cold, and will make more space available Sunday night including at the West End community centre.
Creekside community centre was open from 8 p.m. Saturday until Sunday morning; Britannia community centre opened at 10 p.m. Both locations saw about 20 people over the course of the evening and some stayed overnight. The warming shelters were supported by staff and the Vancouver Volunteer Corps.
The City of Vancouver is providing additional warm and welcoming space for anyone who needs to get out of the cold tonight and Sunday night. Two community centres will be open extra hours (Creekside, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., and Britannia, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.) as warming shelters, supported by staff and volunteers.
Staff presented an update to Council yesterday on the Transportation 2040 Plan and specifically addressed the goal to have zero transportation fatalities. Transportation 2040 is a long-term strategic vision for the city that guides transportation, land use decisions, and public investments for the years ahead.