|The need for developable land was one of many topics that|
were discussed related to the City's creation of a
Housing Action List
With housing an ongoing issue of significance for the community, Prince Rupert City Council held an internal workshop on the topic in mid June, with the city's contract planners from iPlan compiling a list of some of the key objectives from that session, the final action list one which was provided for review at this weeks Council Session.
The Contract Planners were not in attendance as part of Monday night's session. So Mayor Lee Brain provided the overview of a report that will chart some of the city's ambitions towards addressing the many concerns in the community towards a need for forward momentum on housing.
As part of the discussion on the night Councillor Cunningham noted of the positive nature of the report and urged council to take quick action towards the Renoviction elements of their Housing actions, observing of the current increase in such activity in the community, calling for a bylaw from the City to prohibit renovictions.
"This is a great start as far as housing, but what I'm concerned about what I'd like to see us jump on as soon as possible is a renoviction bylaw ... I think it's a simple thing to do and we can get staff to look at that bylaw and bring it in, because we're experiencing a high volume of evictions in town, they're under the guise of renovictions but in reality,it's just because people want to get into the action with higher rents and everything. And So I think the first thing we should do with this is bring in a bylaw for renovations" -- Councillor Barry Cunningham