The City of Victoria will consider adopting new neighbourhood plans for Fernwood, North Park and Quadra-Hillside to help create new and diverse housing options.
The committee of the whole voted Thursday to move forward with new plans for the three neighbourhoods, which could mean new housing options, new housing designation zones focusing on rental housing and affordability, increased density and new “village” areas.
The new plans paint a picture of increasing housing capacity in several zones, in some cases allowing more multi-family projects in traditional residential zones.
A staff report presented to council said there could be a significant increase in housing capacity along Bay Street, Finlayson Avenue and Quadra Street, and throughout Fernwood and North Park. There would also be enhanced village centres along Bay Street, Hillside Avenue and within Fernwood and North Park that would offer more opportunity for new shops and services to serve a growing population.
The plans can be viewed at engage.victoria.ca/fernwood-north-park-hillside-quadra
According to a staff report, which acknowledged the city is behind in addressing people’s housing needs, the city is expected to add 11,300 new households between now and 2040.
Statements like that are a bit bizarre or abstract to me.
If we built zero new housing by 2040, we'd still be fine.
Oak Bay, Metchosin and Esquimalt and Central Saanich are not expecting to add a 10-15% population jump over that period, and will they be worse off for that decision? Will Victoria somehow be better off with this increase?
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 07 May 2022 - 03:05 AM.