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

Going modular to help the homeless – Sept 29, 2018
Inside a former sawmill building in the village of Cumberland, workers are piecing together components of a new two-storey modular building for homeless Port Alberni citizens.

25-storey Bayview Place tower to go before council, will rise as Island’s second-tallest building – Sept 29, 2018
The fourth tower at Vic West’s Bayview Place and Roundhouse developments in the Songhees neighbourhood will rise to 25-storeys with 183-units of residences, according to City of Victoria municipal planning documents.

Sidney’s Star Cinema closes this fall to make way for its ‘Cameo’ appearance in 2020 – Sept 26, 2018
The starring role in Sidney’s urban transformation will get underway this fall as developer Casman Properties readies to roll on its highly anticipated Cameo condominium development

First-in-BC technology delivers new experience for homebuyers at James Bay’s Capital Park Residences – Sept 25, 2018
Concert and Jawl Properties have taken a first-in-BC, state-of-the-art approach to the condominium buying experience at the newly-opened Capital Park Residences presentation centre in James Bay

BC government cuts 2019 rental rate increase to 2.5% from 4.5% – Sept 24, 2018
ritish Columbia’s Rental Housing Task Force is recommending the provincial government change the annual allowable rent increase formula to ease pressure on renters.

Green light for green project – Sept 20, 2018
Saanich councillors are hoping their approval of five new houses in Cordova Bay will encourage other projects to embrace higher standards for energy-efficient houses.

Data show home ownership in Victoria remains elusive – Sept 20, 2018
Victoria remains a city of renters, and No. 2 on the list of Canadian cities with the fewest homeowners, according to numbers from Statistics Canada.

Vancouver’s in a Lather about Duplexes. Come to My Neighbourhood – Sept 20, 2018
The city upzoned a small pocket called Norquay six years ago. Here’s what happened.

Housing Delayed is Housing Denied – August 10, 2018
(And rent increased.)

Area mayors lay out development strategies – Sept 19, 2018
Mayors Barb Desjardins (Esquimalt), Stew Young (Langford), Richard Atwell (Saanich) and Nils Jensen (Oak Bay) address an Urban Development Institute lunch at the Union Club.

Victoria’s garden suite housing strategy yields 22 approvals among 7,000 eligible properties – Sept 17, 2018
The City of Victoria’s streamlined and less onerous garden suite approvals process has yielded less than two dozen successful applications since its introduction in 2017, according to Mayor of Victoria Lisa Helps.

Oceanside town of Sooke remains Victoria’s ‘affordable homeownership frontier,’ but that’s changing – Sept 13, 2018
Nestled between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and miles of Vancouver Island rainforest, Greater Victoria’s oceanside suburb of Sooke is a community on the cusp of a real-estate boom as growing numbers of families, retirees and empty-nesters look beyond the region’s urban core to an authentically west coast lifestyle.

Local Government Autonomy Undercut by Speculation Tax – Sept 12, 2018
B.C. Mayors Ask Provincial Government to Stop the Speculation & Start the Collaboration

Homebuilding booms in Greater Victoria – Sept 12, 2018
Greater Victoria home builders ramped up production as temperatures rose this summer, according to data released Tuesday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

First look: Victoria’s new fire hall and the redevelopment of Pacific Mazda – Sept 10, 2018
Jawl Residential has revealed its development concept for the first phase of a comprehensive mixed-use transformation of an auto dealership and surface parking lots in downtown Victoria’s Harris Green neighbourhood

73-unit affordable housing dev in Langford accepting tenant applications ahead of November move-ins – Sept 8, 2018
Tenant applications for a 73-unit affordable housing project in Langford are being received and processed in anticipation of move-ins scheduled for November

Condominiums prop up weakening real estate market across Greater Victoria – Sept 5, 2018
August home sales drop compared to last month, last year

Affordable rentals would be 10% to 15% of new condo projects – Sept 5, 2018
A ‘good start’ for working people priced out of Victoria market