Thanks. I think the ALR is a big part of the problem. Most of it is being used for industrial purposes anyways; daffodils, greenhouses, wineries, pumpkins. Not food. Like to see some suburban developments like we had in the 50's and 60's. You could buy a 1200 sq ft house for $15-18,000 in the sixties in Toronto. Single earner family. Nothing fancy but you got by. Didn't need a university degree with a fancy government job either. $8,000 a year was the average wage. No sidewalks or curbs, ditches. Unfinished basements of course. But the schools were built and the local plaza's.
Excellent point. I live in Central Saanich on a few acres. Do I need a few acres, no, and the vast majority of the property is trees and nature. Ask Central Saanich if I could subdivide and build a few houses in my back yard and they would laugh in my face. Combined with a few other facts, I think Central Saanich doesn't believe in affordable housing
We are now building as much as we can at the moment, the construction industry is flat out and the demand is there and prices are the highest they have every been. If you want to build or buy a house, costs have never been higher and are just going to keep rising. Developers will just pass these costs on to the purchaser.
Even if government was to open up huge tracks of land to build on, the end product will still be expensive. Any government regulations and requirements just pile on the costs