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Our Sustainable Official Community Plan includes policies of encouraging a mix of housing types and tenures, plus ensuring an adequate supply of affordable, rental, and special needs housing. The Powell River Region Community Social Plan puts these policies into action with the goal of everyone living in the Powell River region having stable housing by 2020.

The Housing Continuum

The “housing continuum” is a useful framework for understanding housing options, from government-supported housing like shelters, transitional, and non-market housing to market housing, like market rental and homeownership.

How We’re Taking Action

The following summarizes some recent projects the City has supported to address housing needs in our community. For current opportunities to get involved, check out our Get Involved! Page.

Non-Profit and Affordable Housing

Over the last few years, the cost of housing has risen dramatically for homeowners and renters, the vacancy rate has become tighter, and income supports have not kept up. As a result, members of our community are at risk of or are already experiencing homelessness.

Recent projects to encourage more housing options include:

  • Reserve Housing Fund. The City has approved two Zoning Amendment Bylaws where the applicant made a voluntary amenity contribution for affordable housing.

  • Rapid Response Modular Housing: The City worked with BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, and community agencies to plan the placement of 40 self-contained studio homes with supports on Regional Hospital District Board land at Joyce Avenue and Harvie. Learn more…

  • Seniors’ Housing: Recent applications to the City include Sunset Homes 55+ Rental, Coastal Winds Seniors Village, Lifecycle Seniors and Family Housing, and Inclusion Homes Rental.

Market-Rate Rental and Ownership Housing

To promote the supply of more (and more affordable ) market housing, the City has recently:

  • Drafted regulations to manage short-term rentals.

  • Created a pilot program for fast-tracking single and two-family dwelling building permits.

  • Allowed carriage houses and secondary suites.

  • Considered allowing residential small lot development.

  • Worked with the private sector to support the development of multi-family buildings.

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