At the Committee meeting of October 17, Council reviewed public input from the June Open House and tentatively selected two sites for Affordable Housing projects that could be developed by the Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society. For a third site at the Old RCMP station, Council asked Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast to provide more information.
Council discussed the importance of considering neighbourhood concerns while at the same time pursuing housing projects that may help address the urgent need for Affordable Housing in our community. An extensive consultation process is planned to ensure neighbouring residents and interested community members can provide input into the site designs.
|Timing||Portion of Charman Creek Lands (40 units)||Franklin Road (2 units) and other road ends||Old RCMP at 749 School Rd (Units TBD)|
|November 7, Council||
Confirm three step consultation process
Confirm site for pilot;
Request design from Society;
Staff proposal road closure for 4 sites
|Request information from Habitat|
|Timing of next steps to be determined.||
||Open House||Open House|
|TBD||Council direction||Council direction||Council direction|
|TBD||Agreement Town - Society||Agreement Town - Society||Agreement Town - Habitat|
|TBD||Grant application to senior governments||Local fund raising||Grant application to senior governments|
|TBD||Zoning Bylaw changes||Zoning Bylaw changes||Zoning Bylaw changes|
|TBD||Development Permit||Development Permit||Development Permit|
|TBD||Building Permit||Building Permit||Building Permit|
For the past decade, housing on the Sunshine Coast has become increasingly expensive. This trend has accelerated over the past two years, spurring an urgent need for added affordable housing options. “Collaborating on housing initiatives” is therefore a key goal in Council’s current Strategic Plan. In the recent past the Town already took action by legalizing Secondary Suites and by introducing the Garden Suite program.
Currently, the Town and the Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society are working together to investigate Town-owned sites which may be used for affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity has also been involved, specifically for the Old RCMP site. Below, each project is described in more detail. At the end of this page you can find relevant staff reports for these projects.
Charman Creek Lands selection
Over the past 2 years the Town has worked with the Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society (SCAHS) and identified possible sites for an affordable housing project of up to 40 residential units. A 3-acre portion of the Charman Creek Lands has now tentatively been selected for this project.
In 2015, the Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (PIAH) program was announced. This is a commitment of $355 million to create more than 2000 affordable rental housing units in B.C. The investment will be distributed over five years and it is hoped that this could fund this project for Gibsons.
In June, initial concept plans were presented at a Public Open House for two Town owned sites. Also, a feasibility study investigated the cost and viability of a possible affordable housing project on either site. One of the two sites at 571 Shaw Road next to the Christenson Village seniors care home, has recently been sold for the development of a new seniors care home. The other site is located at the end of Shaw Road and Eaglecrest Drive where a portion of the Charman Creek lands is proposed to be used for the affordable housing project.
Summary of Council Recommendations
Charman Creek Lands presentation
Charman Creek Lands staff report
Charman Creek Lands feasibility study
Open House Feedback June
Old RCMP site staff report
Franklin Road / Road ends presentation
Franklin Road / Road ends staff report
|2017-09-15||Charman Creek Lands site plans (used for feasibility analysis)|
Open House posters
|2017-03-07||PIAH Program (Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting)|
|2017-03-07||Old RCMP Site (Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting)|
|2016-09-06||SCAHS Affordable Housing Project Update (Regular Council Meeting)|
|2016-06-07||Affordable Housing Project (Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting)|
|2016-03-01||Possible Sites - Cluster Housing (Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting)|