The Comox Valley Regional District is ready to move forward with a housing needs assessment.

In 2018, the province introduced legislation requiring all local governments in B.C to review local housing needs.

The district announced that it received enough funding for the project to move forward.

The money came from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and will go towards a review on local housing needs, supply, demand, and the provision of housing across the region.

A broad range of data regarding affordability, population (current and projected), real estate, homelessness, and household incomes will be collected and analyzed for each community.

The end result will be a housing needs assessment report published on the CVRD’s website and a community forum to review findings and discuss options for action.

The timeline for the assessment is around five months.

The rest of October will focus on background information and stakeholder meetings.

From November to December the bulk of the work will focus on data collection. Which will include collecting and analyzing information from existing datasets, preparing and distributing surveys, conduct interviews, and host pop-up events within communities

Once 2020 comes around the CVRD says in January and February a draft of the report will be submitted to a team of staff from the CVRD, the Town of Comox, the Village of Cumberland and the City of Courtenay

Then in March of 2020, the team will present its final report to elected officials and the community.

More information on the Comox Valley Regional Housing Needs Assessment project can be found here.