Innovative Housing Concepts


The Municipality of North Cowichan has partnered with Dr. Avi Friedman of McGill University (link to his bio here) to produce designs for two municipally owned development sites in Chemainus: Echo Heights/Humbird and the former Chemainus Elementary School site.  

The intention of this partnership is to explore different ways of incorporating smart growth and sustainability principles into new housing developments as our community evolves and grows.

The ultimate goal would be to develop these sites as demonstration projects to set a precedent for future development in our community.  


SAVE THE DATE - On Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 7:00pm, Dr. Avi Friedman is returning to showcase the innovative housing concepts he has developed for two municipally owned sites in Chemainus.  This free event will make the connection between innovative design and building community.  RSVP today by clicking here.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Council received a presentation and report for information on forming a partnership between the Municipality and Dr. Avi Friedman to produce designs for two development sites in Chemainus.  For more information please refer to the Council Agenda June 6, 2018.

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Council viewed and discussed Dr. Friedman's March 2018 presentation on innovative housing concepts.

In March 2018, Dr. Friedman came to the Cowichan Valley to present to the community on innovative housing concepts and trends across the globe, as part of the CVRD's Placemaking Vancouver Island Speakers Series.