SLRD Housing Need & Demand Study - Affordable Housing Implementation

For more information, contact:

SLRD Planning
1.604.894.6371 
planning@slrd.bc.ca

Sep 27, 2022
Electoral Area A, Electoral Area B, Electoral Area C, Electoral Area D

Current Status

After the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Board approved the SLRD Housing Need and Demand Study (HNDS) report on January 2020, staff began working on bylaw amendments based on the HNDS recommendations to address the identified need for affordable housing in all regions of the SLRD. Staff have drafted proposed affordable housing zoning bylaw amendments for Electoral Areas A, C, and D.  Affordable housing provisions in Electoral Area B may be considered in the future once provisions are updated to be consistent with the Agricultural Land Commission Act and the Agricultural Land Reserve Use Regulations.

At the December 16, 2020 SLRD Board of Directors meeting proposed the affordable housing zoning bylaw amendments for Electoral Areas A, C, and D were given first reading and a 30-day referral period was initiated.

At the February 24, 2021 SLRD Board of Directors meeting proposed affordable housing zoning bylaw amendments were given second reading and a Public Hearing was held on April 27, 2021.

Following the Public Hearing, Bylaw No. 1676-2020 and Bylaw No. 1678-2020 were given third reading and adopted on September 29, 2021.

Bylaw No. 1679-2020 has undergone a series of amendments based on Board direction and is being brought forward for consideration of second reading in September 2022. If given second reading, an additional public hearing will be scheduled.

Bylaws

Project Overview 

The Housing Need and Demand Study was completed in February 2020, and is available below:

SLRD Housing Need and Demand Study - Report

SLRD Housing Need and Demand Study - Appendices

Project Background

In July 2019, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) began moving ahead with the development of a Housing Need and Demand Study for all SLRD electoral areas. This plan was developed following a successful funding application to the BC Rural Dividend Fund (Fifth Intake). Urban Matters was engaged to lead the study. The SLRD gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

 

The SLRD has been experiencing growth pressures and escalating housing costs in recent years which has led to a lack of available and affordable housing. Anecdotally, families are leaving the region and businesses are experiencing worker shortages and difficulties in finding staff to fill available jobs. The Housing Need and Demand Study has three main components:

  • Current Need Analysis
  • Demand Analysis
  • Supply Analysis

Community Engagement 

Robust community engagement was central to the development of an effective study. A series of Community Workshops, key stakeholder interviews, and an online survey were conducted in October 2019. 

Staff Reports

Following Board approval of the HNDS, staff began working on bylaw amendments based on the HNDS recommendations to address the identified need for affordable housing in all regions of the SLRD. The reports address proposed affordable housing zoning bylaw amendments for Electoral Areas A, C, and D.

The Housing Need and Demand Study was presented to the SLRD Board of Directors at their meeting of January 29, 2020, and was given approval. 

News Release - August 20, 2019

News Release - September 16, 2019

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