April 2018 Update: Council has endorsed revised concept plans for both projects. Click on the links above for more information.
During development of North Cowichan’s 2011 Official Community Plan, the community strongly identified the need to plan for and develop affordable housing stock. The OCP is strongly supportive of affordable housing:
- Policy 18.104.22.168: “The Municipality supports the development of new market forms of affordable housing, both for rent and purchase.”
- Policy 22.214.171.124.B: “The Municipality will work in partnership with other government agencies, the private sector, non-profit organizations and service agencies to ensure the provision of affordable housing for seniors or other special needs residents in North Cowichan.”
In 2015, the current Council identified affordable housing as one of its top 20 priorities. Since then, Council has taken a number of steps to make progress on this goal, including entering into an agreement with the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC (CLTFBC) to explore feasibility of affordable housing on two Municipally-owned properties.