Housing

Cadboro Bay Residents Association Chair Eric Dahli looks over the Local Area Plan at Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Cadboro Bay residents push for updates to 17-year-old local area plan

The Cadboro Bay Local Area Plan has not been updated since 2002

  • Nov 10, 2019
Cadboro Bay Residents Association Chair Eric Dahli looks over the Local Area Plan at Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Sakura Development and 66 Developments Ltd. are putting forward plans for a 15-storey mixed-use complex at 1150 Cook St., the former site of Pluto’s Diner. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

Fifteen-storey condominium project proposed to replace Pluto’s Diner

The downtown property at 1150 Cook St. could see 105 units and ground-floor commercial space

Sakura Development and 66 Developments Ltd. are putting forward plans for a 15-storey mixed-use complex at 1150 Cook St., the former site of Pluto’s Diner. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
Monday, Aug. 19. (From left) Patrick Whittington, Darlene Coulson (Raven investor) and Anna Dodd (representing Elizabeth May’s office) at the breaking ground ceremony. (Jesse Whittington submission)                                Monday, Aug. 19. (From left) Patrick Whittington, Darlene Coulson (Raven investor) and Anna Dodd (representing Elizabeth May’s office) at the breaking ground ceremony. (Jesse Whittington submission)

Ravens Crossing breaks ground on happy Hygge cohousing project

Speeches, music and a blessing as 80 people attend start of Danish-style development

Monday, Aug. 19. (From left) Patrick Whittington, Darlene Coulson (Raven investor) and Anna Dodd (representing Elizabeth May’s office) at the breaking ground ceremony. (Jesse Whittington submission)                                Monday, Aug. 19. (From left) Patrick Whittington, Darlene Coulson (Raven investor) and Anna Dodd (representing Elizabeth May’s office) at the breaking ground ceremony. (Jesse Whittington submission)
Happy Hygge housing breaking ground in Sidney

Happy Hygge housing breaking ground in Sidney

Shovels in ground Aug. 19, information talk Aug. 24

Happy Hygge housing breaking ground in Sidney
Victoria City Council approves inclusionary housing policy

Victoria City Council approves inclusionary housing policy

After years of back and forth, the policy will be ratified in two weeks

Victoria City Council approves inclusionary housing policy
Housing affordability in Victoria and elsewhere on B.C.’s southwest coast is at a crisis point, which is leading experts in development, planning and urbanism to look at how to ease the crunch in a sustainable way. (Don Denton/News Staff)

Housing experts host inclusionary housing workshop in Victoria

The ‘Unreal Estate’ discussion will happen on April 10

Housing affordability in Victoria and elsewhere on B.C.’s southwest coast is at a crisis point, which is leading experts in development, planning and urbanism to look at how to ease the crunch in a sustainable way. (Don Denton/News Staff)
Harvey Clause, an Abbotsford homeless man and advocate, reflects on a few fatal overdoses over the past few weeks. Clause says grieving while homeless holds distinct challenges with little for privacy and little time to process grief. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

Harvey Clause, an Abbotsford homeless man and advocate, reflects on a few fatal overdoses over the past few weeks. Clause says grieving while homeless holds distinct challenges with little for privacy and little time to process grief. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Lapis Homes Ltd. put forward new design changes for the proposed 10 townhouses at 939 Colville Rd. and 825 Lampson St. (Township of Esquimalt)

10 new townhouses coming to Esquimalt

Staff have approved the final elements of a project set to start this spring

Lapis Homes Ltd. put forward new design changes for the proposed 10 townhouses at 939 Colville Rd. and 825 Lampson St. (Township of Esquimalt)
Victoria’s vacancy market is predicted to rise above one per cent in 2019/2020, but rental prices are likely to rise (file photo)

Victoria’s vacancy rate predicted to rise above one per cent

Rental rates will continue to rise, despite more availability

Victoria’s vacancy market is predicted to rise above one per cent in 2019/2020, but rental prices are likely to rise (file photo)
(Black Press Media files)

Rate hike could ‘compound’ slowdown of B.C real housing market: realtor

Rate increase will likely mean buyers take a more cautious approach

(Black Press Media files)
Housing affordability in Victoria and elsewhere on B.C.’s southwest coast is at a crisis point, which is leading experts in development, planning and urbanism to look at how to ease the crunch in a sustainable way. A lunchtime panel at the Bayview Place Roundhouse in Victoria next Tuesday will discuss the issues. Don Denton/Black Press

High-powered lunch panel in Victoria tackles housing crisis

Members of development, greater communities to discuss ways to affordability

Housing affordability in Victoria and elsewhere on B.C.’s southwest coast is at a crisis point, which is leading experts in development, planning and urbanism to look at how to ease the crunch in a sustainable way. A lunchtime panel at the Bayview Place Roundhouse in Victoria next Tuesday will discuss the issues. Don Denton/Black Press
Liza Rogers (centre) and the team behind the Victoria Real Estate Investment Expo, say housing solutions are changing, but still thriving in the city’s current market. It’s all up for discussion at this year’s Expo, running March and 4 at the Crystal Garden.  Contributed photo

Victoria Real Estate Expo offers investment tips in red-hot housing market

Two-day forum discusses affordability, unconventional housing solutions for renters and buyers

Liza Rogers (centre) and the team behind the Victoria Real Estate Investment Expo, say housing solutions are changing, but still thriving in the city’s current market. It’s all up for discussion at this year’s Expo, running March and 4 at the Crystal Garden.  Contributed photo
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Victoria the sixth-most expensive city to rent in Canada

PadMapper report finds 1-BR renting for less than Jan. 2017; 2-BR more pricey

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Krysten O’Coffey, housing intervention worker with Pacifica Housing is leading the Housing Crisis Prevention program, a new outreach service from the non-profit housing provider that aims to support families at risk of homelessness. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria housing provider launches crisis prevention program to combat homelessness

Pacifica Housing aims to address challenges before tenants risk evictions

Krysten O’Coffey, housing intervention worker with Pacifica Housing is leading the Housing Crisis Prevention program, a new outreach service from the non-profit housing provider that aims to support families at risk of homelessness. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Charter House at 435 Michigan Street in James Bay is one of Starlight Investment’s properties where tenants are filing grievances with the Residential Tenancy Branch. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

James Bay tenants find a sympathetic ear in Minister of Housing

Property owner Starlight Investments also responds to renters after tenant meeting

Charter House at 435 Michigan Street in James Bay is one of Starlight Investment’s properties where tenants are filing grievances with the Residential Tenancy Branch. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
National rankings of median rents based on listings compiled by PadMapper, a listings site for available rental units. (Image courtesy of PadMapper)

Victoria rental prices declining, according to national listing website

The median price of a one-bedroom suite dropped almost five per cent in December

National rankings of median rents based on listings compiled by PadMapper, a listings site for available rental units. (Image courtesy of PadMapper)
The City of Victoria is working on short term rental regulations with the aim of moving units back into the long-term rental housing market. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Draft short term rental bylaw considered in Victoria

City gets negative feedback on vacation rental rules

The City of Victoria is working on short term rental regulations with the aim of moving units back into the long-term rental housing market. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
The City of Victoria’s UBCM resolution on vacancy taxes has been approved. (File photo)

UBCM endorses Victoria’s resolution to tax empty homes

Request put forward by two Victoria councillors backed by B.C. municipalities

The City of Victoria’s UBCM resolution on vacancy taxes has been approved. (File photo)
The Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites on Quebec Street is the subject of a redevelopment proposal going to public hearing Thursday night. (Don Descoteau/Victoria News)

TONIGHT: Victoria’s Harbour Towers Hotel conversion to apartments open for public hearing

If approved, the hotel would be converted into a 219-unit residential building

The Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites on Quebec Street is the subject of a redevelopment proposal going to public hearing Thursday night. (Don Descoteau/Victoria News)
Mark Muldoon, executive director for Threshold Youth Housing, is trying to get 10 units for higher risk youth included in a new Greater Victoria Housing Society project to be built on property behind him off of Goldstream Avenue in Colwood.                                 (Rick Stiebel
/News Gazette staff)                                Mark Muldoon, executive director for Threshold Youth Housing, is trying to get 10 units for higher risk youth included in a new Greater Victoria Housing Society project to be built on the property behind him off of Goldstream Avenue in Colwood. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)

West Shore youth housing opportunity could be lost due to funding complications

Deadline for design change looms for targeted building in Colwood

  • Jul 7, 2017
Mark Muldoon, executive director for Threshold Youth Housing, is trying to get 10 units for higher risk youth included in a new Greater Victoria Housing Society project to be built on property behind him off of Goldstream Avenue in Colwood.                                 (Rick Stiebel
/News Gazette staff)                                Mark Muldoon, executive director for Threshold Youth Housing, is trying to get 10 units for higher risk youth included in a new Greater Victoria Housing Society project to be built on the property behind him off of Goldstream Avenue in Colwood. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)