CBC, Gil Kelley, Housing Affordability and Vancouver

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This radio interview with new City Planner Gil Kelley on CBC’s Early Edition identifies the biggest challenge in metro Vancouver, and it is no surprise-housing affordability.

Part of the job of planning is making sure we’re bringing on a supply of housing that’s not simply trickle-down theory but actually locking in a substantial portion of new housing as long-term or permanently affordable.”

Gil also addresses the elephant in the room, noting that the Federal government has stepped away from providing any incentives for rental housing. And in Vancouver, developers don’t build rental housing as there’s a higher and quicker financial return  in building new houses and condominiums.

When probed about the Cambie Street corridor densification, Gil notes that this was acceptable for Cambie Street as a rapid transit corridor, but may not be the model for other major arterial streets. He also touches upon the laneway housing, the low density…

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