District of West Vancouver (DWV)
Since 2011, DWV’s population has declined by 0.5 per cent, or 221 residents, to 42,473. This is the only Metro Vancouver municipality that shrunk over this time. More than one-quarter (28 per cent) are aged 65 and older.
It’s also the least progressive when it comes to the development of denser, multi-family market and rental units.
The problem is a very small, but vocal, group opposed to development of any type, according to Mayor Michael Smith. The result is an average price of $1.25 million for a small condominium and $3.4 million for a detached home.
“The vast majority of our community is not being represented,” said Mayor Smith, whose council is in an epic battle to address housing affordability.
The Official Community Plan is currently being reviewed, with a focus on managing change as the district moves forward. The review is also addressing affordable market and rental housing needs in walkable village centres with integrated development and transit in Horseshoe Bay, Cypress Village, Ambleside, and Park Royal.
On June 5, there will be a public hearing on providing 700-800 new rental units.