Building more affordable market and rental housing, and solving transportation problems, are top priorities for mayors and staff of the three major North Shore communities.
The members of the North Shore/Sunshine Coast/Sea-to-Sky Area learned the details of current and future affordable developments and transportation options at the North Shore City Hall forum on May 12, 2017. It was clear, there’s no one-size fits all solution.
City of North Vancouver (CNV)
Since 2011, CNV’s population has spiked by 9.8 per cent (compared to Metro Vancouver’s 6.5 per cent growth rate) to 52,898 residents from 48,196.
This increase has sparked an affordable market and rental crisis. In response, the CNV has shifted its housing focus from single detached homes to strata developments and purpose-built market rental units.
CNV’s Housing Action Plan, adopted in 2016, identifies ways to speed up development, including:
- pre-zoning Moodyville;
- bringing in an improved density bonus policy to promote new rental housing; and
- zoning for coach houses and secondary suites to increase single family neighbourhoods to three units per lot.
There’s also a non-market housing project underway and a duplex special study.
The Marine/Main growth corridor, known as a frequent transit development area, will see denser growth in the coming years at Lions Gate, Lonsdale, East Third, and Lynn Creek.
District of North Vancouver (DNV)
When it comes to buying, the majority (54 per cent) of buyers of multi-family units are from the North Shore, with 17 per cent downsizing and 14 per cent upsizing. Buyers from other Metro Vancouver locations accounted for 38 per cent, followed by buyers from outside BC (6 per cent) and buyers from elsewhere in BC (2 per cent).
Buyers say their top reason for moving to the DNV is for recreational amenities such as hiking/biking trails and parks (82 per cent).
Growth will be focused on a network of walkable centres including Lions Gate village centre, Edgemont village centre, Queensdale, Lynn Valley town centre, Lynn Creek town centre, Maplewood Village town centre, and Deep Cove.
DNV adopted a Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy in November 2016 to:
- expand the supply; and
- encourage maintenance and retention of the aging housing stock − 61 per cent of which is 40-70 years old.
Transportation, funded by senior levels of government and controlled by TransLink, is a significant issue. The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has seen a population increase of 11.8 per cent since 2011. Many new residents are commuting to the North Shore to work.
Projects underway include enhancements to the Montroyal Bridge, Phibbs Transit exchange, Keith Road Bridge, Lynn Valley Road underpass, and Highway 1 interchanges.
Source: District of North Vancouver (DNV)