A collection of development related articles from various newspapers and magazines.


Towards Reducing Urban Sprawl: Building People-Friendly and Cost-Effective Cities 
Urban space in the twentieth century belonged to cars. In the 21st century it has been reclaimed by people — this is how current urban trends can be summarized.

Housing part of Fort St. renewal plan – Aug 27, 2019
Robert Fung has taken his first step in helping to revitalize the 800-block of Fort Street. Next month he intends to take a leap.

Colwood Lodge redevelopment could yield 15-storey affordable rental tower at Colwood Corners – Aug 26, 2019
The Greater Victoria Housing Society (GVHS) has unveiled updated plans for the redevelopment of its Colwood Lodge affordable housing complex at 85 Belmont Road and 1901 Jerome Road in Colwood on Victoria’s Westshore.

Wells Fargo Announces $1 Billion affordable housing commitment – Aug 25, 2019
The lack of affordable housing has caught the attention of Wells Fargo and the banking giant isn’t taking it lightly and has unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle the problem.

$13.5M federal boost for downtown rentals – Aug 21, 2019
The federal government is making the most of its national housing strategy ahead of this fall’s election, missing few opportunities to highlight the effects of the $55 billion pledged for affordable housing initiatives across the country.

Pre-fab homes are coming to a city backyard near you – Aug 20, 2019
Not much has changed when building homes in the US. Dozens of workers show up at a dirt lot.

Plan for Spontaneity – Aug 20, 2019
It might seem contradictory, but planning for spontaneous urban interaction is one of the best things a city can do.

Island building permits total $648 million in second quarter – Aug 17, 2019
Concrete flows and nail guns continue to snap around the Island as the construction industry keeps a brisk pace over the summer, according to data released Friday by the Vancouver Island Construction Association.

Space – Aug 14, 2019
Consider first, how slight a shelter is absolutely necessary.

More rental units, but prices remain high – Aug 14, 2019
Greater Victoria’s rental-housing market remains expensive, though there are more units available, according to online rental marketplace Padmapper.

Brandon Fuller: To lower the cost, cities must build more housing – Aug 14, 2019
Before exploring policies that work, it will be helpful to tackle one that doesn’t.

B.C. company helps seniors find young people to share a home, expenses – Aug 13, 2019
Happipad connects people looking for company and affordable housing

Developers can’t get enough of Canada’s new loans to build rental housing – Aug 9, 2019
Demand has been so hot for the low-cost CMHC loans that the government plans to increase the program to almost $14 billion over the next nine years

Tiny homes making big waves in expensive housing markets – Aug 9, 2019
From flat pack, self-assembly cabins, to repurposed shipping containers, to small homes on wheels, there is now something out there to suit every site and budget.

The Residences on Sooke Harbour the first condo project to rise in Sooke in nearly a decade – Aug 9, 2019
Construction has started on Sooke’s first condominium complex in nearly a decade as development firm Fitzpatrick Enterprises moves forward on a 27-suite waterfront project.

Federal government can boost housing affordability with more incentives, board of trade says – Aug 8, 2019
Tax changes to support rental buildings, incentives to build near transit, loans for laneway homes suggested

More renting and less home ownership won’t solve the housing affordability problem – Aug 7, 2019
Haider-Moranis Bulletin: Canadian cities with worsening housing affordability are also the ones where renting is more pronounced

New construction makes homes more affordable—even for those who can’t afford the new units
In cities with tight housing markets, policymakers have struggled to help lower-income residents afford homes.

‘Gentle densification’: Unique West End development puts 6 units on single family lot – June 2, 2019
‘We want Vancouverites to see one form of up-zoning that isn’t scary’