Prince Rupert City Council members will get their first opportunity to comment on a wide ranging review of the challenges towards housing in the community tonight, as City staff present the 85 page report compiled by staff and private sector consultants City Spaces.
The City had put out request for Proposals for the Report back in March of this year, with City Spaces, which has offices in Vancouver and Victoria selected as the successful applicant .
The project which had a timeline of eight months from May to December of this year will offer City Council and staff a better understanding of the city's housing needs and gaps, as well as to outline opportunities and focus areas for future development decisions and policy impact.
The Housing Needs Report is a document that fulfills the legislative requirements that are outlined in the Local Government Act and analyzed a range of data and trends to reach its conclusions.
As the Introduction notes, the report included engagement with local First Nations, social service organizations, non-profit housing providers, developers, and local government representatives. These opportunities provided the project team with valuable feedback to help inform key findings identified in this Report.
The deeper you get into the report the more minute the details are towards the challenges ahead towards housing in the community, however the Executive Summary provided for a helpful synopsis of the key findings from the eight month review.
Some of the major themes explored the recent limited growth experienced for the city when it comes to its housing stock, expectations of significant population growth ahead, along with some of the challenges towards housing development that contributed to city's current predicament.
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The Report notes of the Official Community Plan adopted in May of 2021, which now serves as the main focus for the city's approach towards housing development, noting of the measures currently in place and some of those that have yet to be fully introduced, such as the establishment of a housing commission, agency or corporation or to establish partnerships to generate more resources to name a few.
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