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B.C. selects next communities for housing targets

B.C. selects next communities for housing targets

VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia has identified a new set of priority communities to receive housing targets.

Twenty municipalities have been chosen to receive housing targets for the next five years, a release said.

“We are addressing the housing crisis with our municipal partners so thousands more affordable homes can be built for people who need them. Our goal for the next 20 communities is to build on the work they are already doing, while they continue to implement the recent provincial legislative changes. This group includes communities that are doing well on housing and some that need to do more,” said B.C. Minister of Housing Ravi Kahlon in a statement.

The next 20 priority municipalities identified to receive housing targets are:

  • Central Saanich;
  • Chilliwack;
  • Colwood;
  • Esquimalt;
  • Kelowna;
  • City of Langley;
  • Maple Ridge;
  • Mission;
  • Nanaimo;
  • New Westminster;
  • North Cowichan;
  • North Saanich;
  • City of North Vancouver;
  • Port Coquitlam;
  • Prince George;
  • Sidney;
  • Surrey;
  • View Royal;
  • West Kelowna; and
  • White Rock.

Municipalities are accelerating housing approvals through implementation of provincial legislation to allow small-scale multi-unit housing, designated transit-oriented areas, updated official community plans and streamlined local-development approval processes, as well as standardized housing designs that will be available this year.

The targets for the 20 municipalities will be announced this summer, the release said.

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