The 10 BC municipalities chosen by the Province to be the first ones given housing targets were selected from a larger list of 47, according to an order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council that brought the Housing Supply Act regulations into effect on May 31.

The regulations also provide additional details about the Housing Supply Act -- such as the information and metrics municipalities must provide to the Province upon request -- that were not announced last week.

To begin with, when the Province sets a housing target for a municipality, it must also provide the municipal government with 30 days to respond to the housing target order. The regulations do not outline what that response has to entail, but the municipality will presumably have to formerly accept the target or challenge it, as the regulations note that the 30-day period can be extended if requested.

Aside from the housing target, the order will also include "the performance indicators and timeline by which progress by the specified municipality toward meeting each housing target is to be assessed" and a "reporting period" for which the municipality has to provide a progress report.

According to the regulations, the progress report can be prepared by either a municipal employee or an external party.

The regulations also list various kinds of information that the municipality must provide to the Province upon request, at any point. That includes statistical information about the current and projected population, statistical information about household incomes, information about significant economic sectors, and information about currently available housing units, units that are anticipated to be available, and the types of housing units.

Additionally, the Province can also request other information regarding municipal processes, including:

  • the area and location of land in the municipality that is zoned for residential, commercial, industrial or any other use;
  • the current use of land referred to in paragraph (a);
  • the planned residential density of subdivided vacant and undeveloped land;
  • the number of residential lots in the municipality that have not been built upon;
  • the number of applications received by the municipality, during the period specified in the request, for permits the municipality is authorized to issue under the Community Charter, the Local Government Act or the Vancouver Charter;
  • the median time from receipt of an application referred to in paragraph (e) to a decision by the municipality on the application;
  • the number of permits issued in relation to applications referred to in paragraph (e) and the number of housing units to which the permits relate;
  • the number of applications referred to in paragraph (e) that were refused;
  • information respecting development constraints, including, without limitation, municipal infrastructure capacity;
  • copies of municipal zoning maps, including, without limitation, maps that identify any housing overlays and transit corridors.
  • If the Province finds that the municipality has not met it's housing target, the Province can either appoint an advisor to review the municipality -- including the actions it has taken towards meeting the target, its policies, and its processes -- or issue a directive, which could include ordering the municipal government to amend or enact a given bylaw, as well as issue or refuse to issue a permit.

    The 10 municipalities that were announced last week were: Abbotsford, Delta, Kamloops, North Vancouver, Oak Bay, Port Moody, Saanich, Vancouver, Victoria, and West Vancouver.

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    Listed in the Housing Supply Act regulations is the full list of municipalities that were considered, from which future groups will be selected. The remaining 37 municipalities are:

  • City of Burnaby
  • City of Chilliwack
  • City of Colwood
  • City of Coquitlam
  • City of Kelowna
  • City of Langford
  • City of Langley
  • City of Maple Ridge
  • City of Mission
  • City of Nanaimo
  • City of New Westminster
  • City of Pitt Meadows
  • City of Port Coquitlam
  • City of Port Moody
  • City of Prince George
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Surrey
  • City of West Kelowna
  • City of White Rock
  • District of Highlands
  • District of Lantzville
  • District of Metchosin
  • District of North Saanich
  • District of Sooke
  • District of Squamish
  • The Corporation of the City of Duncan
  • The Corporation of the District of Central Saanich
  • The Corporation of the District of North Cowichan
  • The Corporation of the Township of Esquimalt
  • The Corporation of the Township of Langley
  • Town of Ladysmith
  • Town of Lake Cowichan
  • Town of Sidney
  • Town of View Royal
  • Village of Anmore
  • Village of Belcarra
  • Village of Lions Bay
  • Municipalities that were selected as part of the first group, and those that were not, were both notified last week. As part of this, in an email dated May 31, Assistant Deputy Minister of Housing Bindi Sawchuk wrote to the City of Burnaby, informing Chief Administrative Officer Leon Gous that although Burnaby had not been selected as part of the first cohort, "it may be subject to a housing target assessment as part of a future cohort."

    "The Act is being implemented in a phased approach, with cohorts of 8-10 municipalities establishing targets every six to eight months," Sawchuk added. "The first cohort of ten municipalities has been selected based on an independent assessment ranking dimensions of housing availability, affordability, and urgent housing need."

    According to the BC Government Directory, the Ministry of Housing now also has a "Housing Targets Branch," which lists Cimarron Corpé as Executive Director.

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