Today, head planner Gil Kelley updated Council on the Character Homes Review, the first of several updates and policies under the City’s Housing Reset. Over the past several months during this consultation I’ve heard overwhelmingly that affordability is the top concern for renters and home owners alike, and that people want to see more housing that meets their needs in our low and moderate density neighbourhoods.
As Vancouver grapples with an unprecedented housing and affordability crisis that touches all incomes and neighbourhoods, City Council and staff are considering how we create many more homes in our low and moderate density neighbourhoods.
Vancouver created one third (82,900) of Canada’s 277,000 new jobs over 2015-16, and is expected to create another 43,000 over the next two years according to the Conference Board of Canada’s latest Metropolitan Economic Outlook. Driven by the city’s innovation economy in technology, digital entertainment, film, tourism and finance, Vancouver’s position as an international gateway has been instrumental in driving economic growth during challenging and uncertain global economic conditions.
It’s always a treat to sit down with a group of people who care so passionately, and think with such depth, about Vancouver’s built environment.
I want to recognize ULI’s leadership in helping Metro Vancouver have a more informed public dialogue on issues of land use and livability
All of us want Vancouver to be a place where people can afford to live and work.
And today I want to focus my remarks on the one issue that I know we’re all focused on: the city’s new logo
Just kidding. That topic, of course, is housing, and the issue of affordability.
"Last week, City Council approved the roll-out of a refreshed City wordmark, its first official update in 10 years. A simplified and refreshed wordmark was the first in a series of steps City staff were taking to refresh Vancouver's visual identity to reflect our social, cultural and economic growth, and optimize our visual presence for online and social spaces. Since then, some members of Vancouver's design community have raised a number of concerns and a desire to revisit the direction and process.
Council has approved $450,000 in new City investments for mental health and addictions – leveraging an additional $550,000 from partners - aligned with recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions’ Final Report. The new funding focuses on mental health support, harm reduction, drug prevention and treatment and includes: