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

City OKs 20% affordable rentals – June 29, 2019
Large new residential complexes in Victoria will have to make 20 per cent of their units affordable rentals, despite pleas from developers and advice from experts who say the policy will not work.

BC home sales will surge in 2020: forecast – June 27, 2019
BC home sales in 2020 will more than make up for an expected decline this year, according to the British Columbia Real Estate Association’s new forecast for housing activity in the province.

City council mulls changes to encourage garden suites – June 27, 2019
Garden suites would be allowed in Victoria, for duplexes or with houses that already have a secondary suite, under proposals going to councillors this week.

CRD sells Esquimalt warehouse – once eyed for sewage treatment project – to Spinnakers Brew Pub – June 25, 2019
The Capital Regional District (CRD) has announced the sale of 808 Viewfield Road – a two-acre industrial property in Esquimalt near the Victoria-Esquimalt border – acquired in 2014 along with an adjacent parcel (836 Viewfield Road) for the purposes of building a sewage biosolids facility as part of the now-defunct Sea Terra sewage treatment program.

This is What a Street Looks Like 39 Years After Legalizing Fourplexes – June 21, 2019
‘Middle housing’ means gradual evolution, not overnight transformation. Just walk down my street.

Oregon House Passes Bill to End the Exclusive Use of Single-Family Zoning in Cities – June 20, 2019
The Oregon House passed the bill to require cities to stop excluding duplexes and other housing types from neighborhoods now zoned for single-family homes.

$10 million Inn at Laurel Point renewal scheduled for fall completion as feds enter final phase of Laurel Point soil clean-up – June 20, 2019
A $10 million renewal of the Inn at Laurel Point’s main entranceway is scheduled to complete this fall as a $25 million soil remediation project along the hotel’s Inner Harbour waterfront winds down.

CRD planning 10-storey complex care health facility, 6-storey affordable rental dev at Colwood Corners – June 20, 2019
A Colwood Corners development site formerly envisioned as a multi-building condominium project is shifting gears to include a complex care hospital and rental housing as its first phase of construction.

Save-On-Foods to open downtown Victoria grocery store in August – June 18, 2019
Save-On-Foods is set to open downtown Victoria’s first-ever full-service grocery store as early as August 8th in the ground floor of BlueSky Properties’ 1008 Pandora project.

Feds unveil details of first-time homebuyer assistance program for properties valued up to $600,000 – June 17, 2019
Starting this September, first-time homebuyers may qualify for downpayment assistance from the federal government on property purchases valued at approximately $600,000

Victoria looks to have 20% of condo blocks ‘affordable’ – June 15, 2019
Experts warn the added requirement would be more than market could bear

Developer pledges $1 million to Victoria’s housing fund in lieu of below-market units at seniors complex – June 15, 2019
The developer of a seniors housing complex planned for 1900 Richmond Road at Fort Street in the City of Victoria’s Jubilee neighbourhood has vowed to contribute a significant sum to the City’s Housing Reserve Fund.

America’s Battle Over Housing Is Just Getting Started – June 14, 2019
The surest way to bring down costs is to build more. Lots of people won’t like that.

New vision for fire-ravaged Victoria Plaza Hotel property to be unveiled later this year – June 10, 2019
A fire ravaged downtown Victoria heritage building that was poised for restoration and redevelopment into condominiums will be the focus of a renewed building effort, according to documents filed with the City of Victoria.

Residences on Sooke Harbour condo dev on-track for construction start as sales breach 50% – June 7, 2019
A luxury waterfront condominium residence along the shores of Sooke Harbour has reached a major sales milestone as the spring buying season gets into full swing, Citified has learned.

A Duplex, a Triplex and a Fourplex Can Cut a Block’s Carbon Impact 20% – June 7, 2019
The carbon savings from ‘middle housing’ are voluntary, self-financing and immense. So why are they illegal?

UVic to fast-track $201 million construction of new dormitory, dining and classroom buildings – June 6, 2019
An expedited construction timeline for the University of Victoria’s (UVic) 783-bed dormitory, dining and classroom development adjacent to the Student Union complex will see it completed 16 months ahead of schedule.

Meet the ‘queens’ behind Toronto’s first all-female real estate development team – June 4, 2019
The group wants to showcase the talented women working in the industry

Oak Bay divided on suites, poll finds – June 2, 2019
Oak Bay residents remain divided on many of the issues surrounding secondary suites, recent polling shows.