The District of Squamish has reformed zoning guidelines to permit for extra reasonably priced housing to be constructed within the municipality.
While it has at all times been a vacation spot for outside fans, the mayor stated it’s a step in the suitable route to offer houses for a rising neighborhood.
“Not only are we ready to do the work, we have started to move the dial. We are looking forward to seeing the investment follow it, and realizing some new affordable housing units as soon as practical,” stated Squamish mayor Armand Huford.
The zoning bylaw change permits for initiatives which might be six storeys, or much less, in any neighbourhood. According to the district, the removing of crimson tape means reasonably priced housing will be constructed quicker at a decrease price, which is able to lead to extra reasonably priced hire.
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Local residents imagine extra reasonably priced housing is required however there are some considerations.
“The downtown area of Squamish has some infrastructure issues,” Andres Acevedo stated. “We only have one way in or out of downtown and when you increase the population … that’s only going to make things worse.”
Since 2017, the district has labored with authorities companies and neighborhood companions to assist facilitate 387 non-market publicly-funded reasonably priced rental models in the neighborhood.
The district estimates that 6,840 models should be constructed by 2031 to fulfill the housing wants within the fast-growing neighborhood.
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