Housing

The yellow zones currently only allow for single-family dwellings. The missing middle initiative looks to change that. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria missing middle public hearing continues Sept. 1 after long opening session

Submissions about housing initiative can still be made, but not directly to council

 

An information session on the program will be held Wednesday Aug. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nootka Rose Atrium at the Langford Business Centre, 211-2840 Peatt Rd. Pictured is an apartment building on Orono Avenue. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Applications open for Langford’s attainable homeownership program

Program opens with limited offerings; 1-BR and 1-BR plus den units available

 

Policies recommended include investments in public housing, mandatory inclusionary zoning and tying rent increases to units rather than individual tenancies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

British Columbians support progressive housing policies to combat affordability crisis: poll

The soaring cost of housing is the single biggest component of the affordability crisis in B.C.

 

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Murray Rankin, photographed during a funding announcement at the legislature in June 14, is the new acting attorney general and housing minister. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s Indigenous relations minister ‘honoured’ to assume attorney general role

Murray Rankin also adds housing responsibilities, has short-term goals for temporary role

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Murray Rankin, photographed during a funding announcement at the legislature in June 14, is the new acting attorney general and housing minister. (Black Press Media file photo)
Seacliff Properties is proposing a development including 98 residential units and more than 16,000 square feet of commercial space at the Harbourview site at the intersection of Goodmere and Sooke roads. (Courtesy of Seacliff Properties)

Project promises to breathe new life into stalled Sooke development

Proposal includes nearly 100 residential units and over 16,000 square feet of commercial space

Seacliff Properties is proposing a development including 98 residential units and more than 16,000 square feet of commercial space at the Harbourview site at the intersection of Goodmere and Sooke roads. (Courtesy of Seacliff Properties)
A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)

VIDEO: California school district builds affordable housing to attract teachers

Rising rent, teacher shortages piquing districts’ interest in workforce housing

A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)
Greater Victoria remains the fourth most expensive rental market in the country, according to a recent report. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria remains 4th most expensive rental market in Canada: report

1-BR unit rent rose 2.2 per cent May to June; 2-BR price dropped 6 per cent

Greater Victoria remains the fourth most expensive rental market in the country, according to a recent report. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. Multigenerations living under one roof is becoming increasingly common, Statistics Canada’s latest tranche of census data revealed Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Roommates, multi-generational homes rising amid increasing costs, immigration: census

Number of homes being shared grew by 45 per cent over the last 20 years

A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. Multigenerations living under one roof is becoming increasingly common, Statistics Canada’s latest tranche of census data revealed Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Oak Bay hosts a public hearing to alter zoning and heritage designation for 1391 Oliver St. on July 14 at 6 p.m. (Google maps)

Oak Bay sets public hearing for Oliver Street subdivision

Plan creates new lot, while preserving the existing home and its heritage values

Oak Bay hosts a public hearing to alter zoning and heritage designation for 1391 Oliver St. on July 14 at 6 p.m. (Google maps)
Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, right, speaks with community members at a design fair for the second round of public engagement on infill housing. (Courtesy of the District of Oak Bay)

Infill housing strategy enters final stretch in Oak Bay

Council confirms mass mail-out as part of round three of public consultation

Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, right, speaks with community members at a design fair for the second round of public engagement on infill housing. (Courtesy of the District of Oak Bay)
The latest figures from the Victoria Real Estate Board show home sales were down in June, while inventory and benchmark values climbed compared to both May and June 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria home sales cool in June

Latest figures show sales down, while prices continue to rise

The latest figures from the Victoria Real Estate Board show home sales were down in June, while inventory and benchmark values climbed compared to both May and June 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Houses are seen on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says residential mortgage debt grew by nine per cent last year compared with a year earlier for the fastest pace of growth since 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CMHC says residential mortgage debt grew last year by fastest pace since 2008

Mortgage debt grew by 9 per cent last year, topped 10 per cent in the early months of this year

Houses are seen on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says residential mortgage debt grew by nine per cent last year compared with a year earlier for the fastest pace of growth since 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Officials put shovels in the ground at 874 Fleming St. in Esquimalt, the future site of a 137-unit affordable housing project. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: $22 million affordable housing build in the works for Esquimalt

Former Esquimalt Lions Lodge site to house 137-units

Officials put shovels in the ground at 874 Fleming St. in Esquimalt, the future site of a 137-unit affordable housing project. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
FILE - A seaplane passes the downtown skyline while on approach to land on the harbour in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver drops below Toronto as most expensive Canadian city in 2022 world rankings

Vancouver 108th most expensive in the world, according to international survey

FILE - A seaplane passes the downtown skyline while on approach to land on the harbour in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The rapid pace of growth in B.C. urban centres like Langford, seen here in 2021 along the Peatt Road corridor, has prompted B.C.’s Urban Mayors Caucus to ask the federal government to consider releasing funds sooner that target projects that improve housing affordability and transportation. (Google Street View)

B.C. urban mayors ask feds to expand housing affordability, transportation funding

Caucus co-chair Lisa Helps of Victoria outlines list of B.C. requests in letter

The rapid pace of growth in B.C. urban centres like Langford, seen here in 2021 along the Peatt Road corridor, has prompted B.C.’s Urban Mayors Caucus to ask the federal government to consider releasing funds sooner that target projects that improve housing affordability and transportation. (Google Street View)
An aerial view of Townley Place, the Greater Victoria Housing Society’s newest development in Saanich. (Greatervichousing.org/YouTube)

Affordable housing project celebrated in Saanich neighbourhood

64-unit Townley Place providing mix of housing types

An aerial view of Townley Place, the Greater Victoria Housing Society’s newest development in Saanich. (Greatervichousing.org/YouTube)
Among the discussions on the impending secondary suite policy for Oak Bay includes potential parking requirements on street and off. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Among the discussions on the impending secondary suite policy for Oak Bay includes potential parking requirements on street and off. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The yellow zones currently only allow for single-family dwellings. The missing middle initiative looks to change that. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Coming Victoria motion looks to reverse missing middle timeline delays

Housing minister, advocate voice how the housing initiative is needed

The yellow zones currently only allow for single-family dwellings. The missing middle initiative looks to change that. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
Attorney General David Eby on May 30, 2022, in Victoria at the announcement of the redevelopment of Michigan Square. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

97-unit affordable facility to replace water-damaged Victoria apartments

Michigan Square redevelopment in James Bay aiming for 2023 completion

Attorney General David Eby on May 30, 2022, in Victoria at the announcement of the redevelopment of Michigan Square. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Sara Neely, director of philanthropic services for Victoria Foundation, donors Carole and Clint Forster, Dan Greco, president of Anawim Companions Society, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, and Melanie Ransom, director of communications and engagement with Aryze Developments, are seen at a groundbreaking ceremony May 17 for Anawim’s upcoming Women’s House. (Courtesy of Anawim Companions Society)

Construction starts on home for at-risk women in Victoria

The Anawim Companion Society started work May 17 on the new facility

Sara Neely, director of philanthropic services for Victoria Foundation, donors Carole and Clint Forster, Dan Greco, president of Anawim Companions Society, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, and Melanie Ransom, director of communications and engagement with Aryze Developments, are seen at a groundbreaking ceremony May 17 for Anawim’s upcoming Women’s House. (Courtesy of Anawim Companions Society)