A Follow Up to Mountain Court

On July 6th, 2015, I voted in favour of the Mountain Court Rezoning Application. I shared the concerns of my Council colleagues about the loss of affordable market rental in Lynn Valley and the dramatic and disruptive impact this redevelopment will have on the seventy-five families living in Mountain Court. However after careful and thoughtful consideration, I did not think voting down the application would have saved Mountain Court nor would it have ensured any long-term affordable alternatives for the families that currently live there. Voting against the application was not a solution to the crisis of affordable housing in our community, nor was it a plan of action to assist our citizens who may be displaced by development.

Tonight I introduce a motion before Council. This motion directs staff to look at all options available to the District to provide temporary relief to our neighbours who may be displaced by development. I am confident that Council will develop sound policy and a pragmatic plan to address housing affordability. However, even if that plan is implemented in the next six months it will take years before any new, affordable homes are built and available for our neighbours that need them. Between now and the time that these affordable homes are available, we need a strategy. I have asked District staff to return to Council with a strategy that can be put into action before March 2016, which is the earliest time residents of Mountain Court can move and still receive some compensation from the developer.

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