VICTORIA—The City of Victoria says it is moving forward with initiatives designed to diversify housing choices.
The initiatives, Village and Corridor Planning and Missing Middle Housing, are moving forward with more community engagement coming this fall.
“Housing is one of the most important issues facing our city with one in five Victorians paying more than 30 per cent of their income for housing,” said Mayor Lisa Helps in a statement. “Housing is a human right and every Victorian deserves a place they can call home. If we want to have an inclusive and resilient community, then we need to make sure there is room for diverse housing options for people with different incomes, lifestyles and family make-ups.”
Village and Corridor Planning aims to support “15-minute neighbourhoods” that include walkable urban villages, public spaces and alternative transportation methods.
The city stated one key objective is to make room for more multi-family housing in walkable locations near sustainable transportation options and urban villages, while planning connections between homes, open spaces and other destinations.
Missing Middle Housing aims to increase housing choices by making it easier to build houseplexes (duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, etc.), townhouses, rowhouses or small apartment buildings.
“These two initiatives are key pieces of the puzzle,” said officials. “The recently released Housing Futures report confirms that the City’s Official Community Plan will likely fall short of meeting housing needs, including the unmet needs of residents that live here today (latent demand) and anticipated demand out to 2040 as residents’ needs evolve and the population grows.”