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

University Heights redevelopment plans to go before Saanich design panel (with renderings) – July 31, 2018
Updated architectural plans for the redevelopment of Saanich’s University Heights Shopping Centre will go before the municipality’s design panel on August 1st

40% sold-out: Langford’s Belmont Residences affordable condo dev surges past sales targets – July 31, 2018
First-time homebuyers and empty nesters have propelled an affordable West Shore condominium development to more than 30-units sold in a matter of weeks and earning it the title of this year’s best-selling development on the West Shore

Legion branch packing up, will return after 12-storey project for seniors is built – July 31, 2018
The Esquimalt Dockyard branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, with a legal dispute settled, has closed its doors after 46 years at 622 Admirals Rd. to make way for construction of a new home within a 12-storey seniors development.

34-unit condo dev slated to replace Sidney’s 12-unit Argyl Manor rental complex – July 30, 2018
A 1970’s-vintage rental complex situated near Sidney’s town centre could be replaced by a condominium building if newly-revealed development plans receive municipal approval

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “Developers in my city are only building luxury housing. They’re not building anything that ordinary people can afford.”

Nigel Valley project going to hearing – July 25, 2018
The $250-million Nigel Valley proposal that would permit social agencies to redevelop outdated buildings and add housing on nine acres near Uptown in Saanich is heading to public hearing this fall.

Opinion: Discussing the Fear of Heights In Downtown Victoria – June 14, 2018
With the allowable height of new buildings in Victoria moving up and up, our columnist asks: How can we retain what we love about our city while accommodating the housing needs of a fast-growing population?

How Seattle Killed Micro-Housing – September 6, 2016
One bad policy at a time, Seattle outlawed a smart, affordable housing option for thousands of its residents.

Wellburn’s Market redev to retain heritage facade, deliver over 80 rentals to North Park – July 20, 2018
Developers behind the Wellburn’s Market acquisition plan to retain the aging commercial and residential building’s heritage facade while redeveloping the property into rental apartments and retail space

Labour shortage constrains capital’s booming buildout – July 20, 2018
Labour shortage a constraining factor as construction booms in region and on the Island

Vienna’s Affordable Housing Paradise – July 19, 2018
Public housing is the accommodation of last resort in the U.S. Not so in Austria’s capital city.

Fines of $1,000 a day coming for AirBnB operators sidestepping strata regulations – July 19, 2018
New strata bylaw regulations slated for introduction this fall will hand British Columbia’s strata corporations an additional tool to combat unlicensed short-term vacation rentals.

133-units of housing planned for Sooke’s town centre – July 19, 2018
133 townhomes and single-family-dwellings have been proposed for a multi-acre lot near Sooke’s town centre

BC Housing’s 800-unit Nigel Valley development to go before Saanich council – July 17, 2018
Plans to redevelop Saanich’s Nigel Valley into hundreds of new residential units will go before council on July 23

Proposal to build Crystal Pool housing is dead, mayor says – July 17, 2018
Victoria would have to hold a referendum or counter-petition in order to build affordable housing over underground parking in Central Park next to a new Crystal Pool

Nanaimo seeks to dodge new speculation tax – July 14, 2018
Nanaimo officials met B.C. Finance Minister Carole James this week to try to convince to province to exempt that city from the imminent speculation tax.

Heritage building proposals off to public hearings – July 13, 2018
Proposals to renovate two Victoria heritage buildings, including a Rattenbury-designed industrial building on Discovery Street, will go to public hearing.

Finding the Untapped Potential of Alleys – July 13, 2018
“We’re starting to realize they’re just as powerful as a park or plaza.”

Langford already feeling effects of proposed speculation tax – July 11, 2018
Mayor Stew Young fears tax will trigger another economic downturn

Esquimalt development a game changer for accessibility – July 10, 2018
Corvette Landing proposing more than standard amount of designated units for different abilities

Victoria council eyes minimum unit size for downtown condos – July 10, 2018
Victoria councillors have asked staff to consider setting a minimum unit size for downtown apartments and condos.

UVic Properties charts ambitious course for off-campus holdings – July 5, 2018
University of Victoria’s commercial and residential division plans major changes downtown

Nine-storey, 79-unit final phase of Vic West’s Railyards community revealed – July 4, 2018
The final and most prominent phase of Vic West’s harbourfront Railyards community is now before City of Victoria planning officials

88-units of affordable housing, daycare and flex spaces pitched for Burnside School lands – July 2, 2018
Details pertaining to a social housing project and the development of a community hub in the City of Victoria’s Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood are now public.