As of April 2019, local governments are provincially required to develop and publish housing needs reports. In doing so, local governments and the provincial government can better understand and address housing needs throughout B.C. The Cowichan Valley Regional District is developing a Regional Housing Needs Assessment in partnership with the member municipalities of the Town of Ladysmith, the District of North Cowichan, the City of Duncan and the Town of Lake Cowichan for each electoral areas and member municipality. Reports will be presented to the Board on January 27, 2021.
The Housing Needs Reports funding program, administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), supports local governments in undertaking housing needs reports in order to meet the provincial requirements.
A housing needs assessment will help us understand what kinds of housing are most needed in our region’s communities now and in the future, which will help inform the official community plan and development decisions.
What Is a Housing Needs Assessment?
Your life is a journey, but can your housing keep up? Our lives change, our needs shift and our housing stock needs to reflect that. Housing needs reports aim to identify current and predicted gaps in housing supply by collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative information about:
Current and projected population
Significant economic sectors
Currently available and anticipated housing units
A completed report is required to contain statements about key needs, the number and type of housing units required and the number of households in core and extreme core housing needs. More information on Provincial housing needs reports and requirements can be found here.