Housing

Less than one percent of houses listed in B.C. cities as of the first week of May 2022 are priced below $200,000, according to real estate search portal Point2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Needle in a haystack: Less than 1% of homes in B.C. cities listed below $200,000

Zero homes under $200,000 exist in nine B.C. cities, international real estate portal finds

 

Castlegar City Hall. Photo: Kristen Lawson

Highlights from May 2 Castlegar council meeting

City council makes decisions about line painting, development fees, new housing projects and more

 

Some housing projects will be eligible for fee and tax reductions once new bylaw is adopted by Castlegar city council. Photo: Black Press

City of Castlegar introducing program to reduce development fees and taxes

Development incentive program aims to encourage housing developments and other major renovations

Some housing projects will be eligible for fee and tax reductions once new bylaw is adopted by Castlegar city council. Photo: Black Press
Plans for an eight-unit apartment building at 2225 Columbia Avenue in Castlegar. Image: Christine Ross Architect

Castlegar council grants variances for 8-unit apartment building

8-unit building planned for 2225 Columbia Avenue

Plans for an eight-unit apartment building at 2225 Columbia Avenue in Castlegar. Image: Christine Ross Architect
Homes are pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Councillors in Vancouver have unanimously backed a motion from Mayor Kennedy Stewart to hike the city’s empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver council hiking empty homes tax to 5 per cent of assessed value in 2023

City hiking empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year

Homes are pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Councillors in Vancouver have unanimously backed a motion from Mayor Kennedy Stewart to hike the city’s empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A tradesperson stands atop a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Census shows apartment growth, but supply remains the main issue in B.C.: experts

Apartments in buildings with 5 or more storeys, make up 10.9 per cent of all dwellings in B.C.

A tradesperson stands atop a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cat rescue organizations are “drowning in cats” that have been surrendered by owners because they can’t find pet-friendly housing, said Christy Moschopedis of FCM Community Cat Trappers. (Darren McDonald)

Fraser Valley rescue organizations ‘drowning in cats’ due to lack of pet-friendly housing

Nearly 80% of cats in 4 Chilliwack shelters are owner surrenders, says cat rescuer

Cat rescue organizations are “drowning in cats” that have been surrendered by owners because they can’t find pet-friendly housing, said Christy Moschopedis of FCM Community Cat Trappers. (Darren McDonald)
Ground breaking at Habitat for Humanity project in Castlegar, April 19, 2022. (L-R) Neil Coburn, board chair Habitat for Humanity South East BC (HHSEBC); Elaine Pura, executive director HHSEBC; Castlegar Mayor Kirk Duff; Sean Thorton, HHSEBC board member. Photo: Betsy Kline
Ground breaking at Habitat for Humanity project in Castlegar, April 19, 2022. (L-R) Neil Coburn, board chair Habitat for Humanity South East BC (HHSEBC); Elaine Pura, executive director HHSEBC; Castlegar Mayor Kirk Duff; Sean Thorton, HHSEBC board member. Photo: Betsy Kline
Nearly 8,500 homes were declared vacant or underused in Vancouver after the submission deadline passed for the debut of the city’s empty homes tax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver mayor aims to increase empty homes tax to fund affordable housing

Decision to triple the empty homes tax rate in 2020 has brought in about $32 million

Nearly 8,500 homes were declared vacant or underused in Vancouver after the submission deadline passed for the debut of the city’s empty homes tax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A firefighter on a ladder truck directs water on a four-alarm fire burning at a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel, in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 11, 2022. Vancouver’s fire chief says some people remained unaccounted for as crews fought a fire inside a four-storey residential building in the city’s Gastown neighbourhood. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Officials working to find housing for 144 people displaced by fire in Vancouver

Buildings included housing for some of the city’s lowest-income residents

A firefighter on a ladder truck directs water on a four-alarm fire burning at a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel, in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 11, 2022. Vancouver’s fire chief says some people remained unaccounted for as crews fought a fire inside a four-storey residential building in the city’s Gastown neighbourhood. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp says the annual pace of construction on new homes picked up in July. A worker is seen working on a construction project at UBC in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Budget 2022: Feds add measures to curb speculation as housing supply gets $10B boost

Plans rely heavily on cooperation with other levels of government and on the private sector

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp says the annual pace of construction on new homes picked up in July. A worker is seen working on a construction project at UBC in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Copies of the 2022 federal budget are seen in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Budget 2022: Liberals devote $4.3 billion to Indigenous housing needs

Budget also addresses ongoing search for unmarked graves at the former sites of residential schools

Copies of the 2022 federal budget are seen in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Location of a proposed development for 2405 Columbia Avenue. Image: City of Castlegar

Castlegar council votes to allow development at Brandson Park to move forward

The mixed-use residential/commercial development at 2405 Columbia Ave. will create 54 housing units

Location of a proposed development for 2405 Columbia Avenue. Image: City of Castlegar
Drawings of a proposed development for 2405 Columbia Avenue. Image: Nexus Development Group

LETTER: Castlegar elder speaks in favour of Brandson Park apartment proposal

Shemmaho Goodenough says Castlegar needs more housing to meet the needs of all

Drawings of a proposed development for 2405 Columbia Avenue. Image: Nexus Development Group
A tradesperson works on a balcony at a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The organization representing British Columbia’s municipal governments says resolving the province’s affordable housing crisis is more complex than just building more homes.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Housing minister, municipal governments at odds over B.C. housing supply report

UBCM report enough homes are being built to match the B.C. growing population raises Eby’s eyebrows

A tradesperson works on a balcony at a condo tower under construction, in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The organization representing British Columbia’s municipal governments says resolving the province’s affordable housing crisis is more complex than just building more homes.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A rendition of a proposed six-storey apartment complex called The Highmark, to be built on 11th Avenue in Castlegar.

Six-storey apartment proposal in Castlegar still progressing

70-unit building planned for 502 11th Avenue

A rendition of a proposed six-storey apartment complex called The Highmark, to be built on 11th Avenue in Castlegar.
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LETTER: Development ‘disservice’ on 24th Street in Castlegar

Letter from George Apel opposing Kinnaird housing development

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Drawings of a proposed development for 2405 Columbia Avenue. Image: Nexus Development Group

Public hearing set for Columbia Avenue housing development proposal

The City of Castlegar will hold the meeting on March 14

Drawings of a proposed development for 2405 Columbia Avenue. Image: Nexus Development Group
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)