Pemberton Housing Action Project

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Pemberton residents have told us that housing choices and affordability continue to be one of the top three challenges in our community. Our recent housing needs study underscores these challenges, revealing a need for approximately 850 units over the next five years to meet both current and future demands. Further, the provincial government is requiring all communities with populations of more than 5000 to allow up to four units in all single-family lots; Pemberton will reach this threshold within five years at its current rate of growth.

In line with our Council’s Strategic Plan priorities to Plan and Manage Growth effectively and foster a community where residents thrive, we are committed to developing a diverse range of housing options that support our residents’ needs. To address these challenges and achieve our vision of providing affordable housing that meets our community needs, the Village of Pemberton is launching the Pemberton Housing Action Project. This project includes several related housing initiatives that will increase housing supply and diversity in the community.

Project Overview

The Village of Pemberton has received federal and provincial funding to tackle our housing challenges through these four interconnected and concurrent housing initiatives:

  1. A housing strategy to identify gaps in housing supply and best approaches to meet the priority housing needs of the community.
  2. Pre-zoning initiatives, which will reduce zoning barriers and allow higher density developments in Downtown and the Gateway area (which was supported through the Official Community Plan (OCP) community engagement process).
  3. Housing incentives to encourage property owners to add new “missing middle” housing units (e.g., secondary suites and duplexes) or bring their existing housing units to code.
  4. Complete Communities, which will include a spatial analysis of current housing patterns and connections to infrastructure, transportation and daily needs and the development of scenarios that will make our neighbourhoods more complete.

These initiatives are estimated to permit nearly 100 new housing units above the average rate of development over the next three years. The Village has received the first installment from the Housing Accelerator Fund that, if all initiatives are completed and the new housing units are granted building permits, will lead to a potential for more than $2.7 million grant funding to invest in housing, housing-related infrastructure, and other community services that support housing.

The Village has contracted WCS Engagement + Planning to guide the Housing Action Project.

Pemberton residents have told us that housing choices and affordability continue to be one of the top three challenges in our community. Our recent housing needs study underscores these challenges, revealing a need for approximately 850 units over the next five years to meet both current and future demands. Further, the provincial government is requiring all communities with populations of more than 5000 to allow up to four units in all single-family lots; Pemberton will reach this threshold within five years at its current rate of growth.

In line with our Council’s Strategic Plan priorities to Plan and Manage Growth effectively and foster a community where residents thrive, we are committed to developing a diverse range of housing options that support our residents’ needs. To address these challenges and achieve our vision of providing affordable housing that meets our community needs, the Village of Pemberton is launching the Pemberton Housing Action Project. This project includes several related housing initiatives that will increase housing supply and diversity in the community.

Project Overview

The Village of Pemberton has received federal and provincial funding to tackle our housing challenges through these four interconnected and concurrent housing initiatives:

  1. A housing strategy to identify gaps in housing supply and best approaches to meet the priority housing needs of the community.
  2. Pre-zoning initiatives, which will reduce zoning barriers and allow higher density developments in Downtown and the Gateway area (which was supported through the Official Community Plan (OCP) community engagement process).
  3. Housing incentives to encourage property owners to add new “missing middle” housing units (e.g., secondary suites and duplexes) or bring their existing housing units to code.
  4. Complete Communities, which will include a spatial analysis of current housing patterns and connections to infrastructure, transportation and daily needs and the development of scenarios that will make our neighbourhoods more complete.

These initiatives are estimated to permit nearly 100 new housing units above the average rate of development over the next three years. The Village has received the first installment from the Housing Accelerator Fund that, if all initiatives are completed and the new housing units are granted building permits, will lead to a potential for more than $2.7 million grant funding to invest in housing, housing-related infrastructure, and other community services that support housing.

The Village has contracted WCS Engagement + Planning to guide the Housing Action Project.

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Page last updated: 04 Jul 2024, 02:36 PM