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

Construction begins on 113-home Capital Park Residences dev following strong sales launch – Jan 30, 2019
Just months into its pre-sale campaign, construction has begun on Capital Park Residences along the 500-block of Michigan Street in Victoria’s James Bay neighbourhood.

Anne McMullin: Less talk and taxes, more action needed from government on housing – Jan 29, 2019
If we truly care about housing affordability, we have an opportunity to shape our future. And that change can begin today.

Housing affordability eroding; Saanich to boost building costs – Jan 29, 2019
Greater Victoria’s housing affordability took the biggest hit in the country in the fourth quarter of 2018, says a study by National Bank Financial.

Demographia: We’re number 2! – Jan 28, 2019
You may have heard of the Demographia Housing Affordability Survey.  This comes out once a year and they compare various cities around the world based on the median multiple: the median house price divided by the median household income.

$88-million seniors centre to start on Songhees – Jan 26, 2019
The company behind an $88 million seniors development is hoping to have construction start this summer after receiving a development permit this week.

Chris Selley: Sorry, the feds can’t build you a house – Jan 25, 2019
In Ottawa, the Liberals and NDP are at war over affordable housing policy. But only local governments can solve the supply problem

California Sues City Over Lack of Affordable Housing – Jan 25, 2019
Action against Huntington Beach is first use of 2018 law allowing governor to refer such cases to the state attorney general

100-unit rental building pitched – Jan 25, 2019
10-storey Fort Street development goes to public hearing, half listed as ‘moderate’ rents

A deeper dive into construction – Jan 24, 2019
I’ve been talking a lot about the level of construction in Victoria recently and the fact that we are building at a rate that is completely unprecedented since the start of data collection in 1970.

Mark Zuckerberg’s personal charity is part of a push to steer $500 million to affordable housing – Jan 24, 2019
As tech companies face mounting pressure to address their role in the California housing crisis, a band of corporations, philanthropies and foundations — including Facebook as well as the personal philanthropic company of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg — are seeking to raise $540 million to invest in affordable-housing efforts in the Bay Area.

Jubilee neighbourhood’s latest residential proposal could deliver 32 apartments to Fort at Duchess – Jan 23, 2019
A 32-unit rental complex has been proposed by developer Domo Construction Ltd. on Fort Street at Duchess Street in the City of Victoria’s Jubilee neighbourhood.

Legalizing More Homes It Matters How You Do It – Jan 23, 2019
The sense of crisis around housing affordability in many of America’s cities is at the highest level it’s been in a long time.

Tall timber towers taking root in Canada as builders go green – Jan 22, 2019
Six years ago, architect Michael Green took the stage at a TED conference and called for an global era of wood-framed skyscrapers. Some were skeptical.

Victoria to ask B.C. for tax clout on empty houses – Jan 18, 2019
Victoria councillors have endorsed a motion introduced by Coun. Ben Isitt calling on the province to give local governments the authority to levy a surtax on vacant residential properties “to discourage vacant and derelict buildings, and encourage the occupancy, maintenance and improvement of buildings to address housing affordability and public safety.”

B.C. backlash builds over homeowners treated as speculators – Jan 17, 2019
The B.C. NDP is scrambling to respond to backlash over its surprise announcement that all homeowners in B.C.’s urban centres will be treated like speculators unless they fill out a tax exemption to declare otherwise.

How B-20 impacts family-sized condos – Jan 15, 2019
Family-sized condo units in Toronto have shrunk in the last 12 months, and according to one developer the reason is because of the B-20 mortgage stress test.

Elise Stolte: Pushing beyond an ugly history. There is now no ‘single-family’ zone in Edmonton – Jan 14, 2019
Edmonton made a historic move on housing the other day when it allowed duplexes to be built anywhere in the last remaining neighbourhoods.

Do We Need Green Space or People Space? – Jan 14, 2019
If you have ever attended a public hearing for a new development, you will know that a common concern is the lack of green space planned in and around the proposal.

23-storey residential tower unveiled as final phase of downtown Victoria’s Hudson District – Jan 10, 2019
The last phase of downtown Victoria’s mixed-use Hudson District residential and retail community has been unveiled by developer Townline.

More than 4,200 housing units in capital highest since 1976 – Jan 10, 2019
The number of new homes started in Greater Victoria last year surpassed 4,200, the highest rate since 1976 and one that exceeded expectations.

Ravens Crossing Cohousing proposal seeks to bring third cohousing community to Greater Victoria – Jan 7, 2019
A proposal to build 34-units of market cohousing on the Saanich Peninsula has been submitted to the Town of Sidney for approvals.

You’re going to need a bigger boat – Jan 7, 2019
Eliminating exclusively single-family zones won’t provide enough density: Recognizing the limits of “missing middle” as a solution to urban affordability

2018 a stable year for Victoria real-estate despite government intervention; 2019 seen as the bellwether – Jan 2, 2019
The latest residential real-estate sales figures from the Victoria Real-Estate Board (VREB) show 2018 as a year of market adjustment and relatively flat pricing.