Affordable housing forum developed

Attempts to address the high cost of Vernon housing will have developers sitting at the table.

Attempts to address the high cost of housing will have developers sitting at the table.

A forum Jan. 26 will focus on creating more affordable housing units in Vernon and 35 developers have registered to attend.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham, with the city’s affordable housing committee, of the participation of the private sector.

Among the topics that will be discussed is a package that provides builders with information on programs and policies that would assist them in constructing affordable and attainable residential units.

“It will be one-stop shopping for developers wanting to do something,” said Cunningham.

The package also includes an inventory of property owned by charitable groups and government that may be suitable for affordable housing.

“Case studies of successful projects will be highlighted to encourage brainstorming and potential partnerships for future projects,” said Annette Sharkey, Social Planning Council executive director.

Also presented at the workshop will be the city’s new policy that requires companies redeveloping rental property to provide existing low-income tenants with two month’s rent and two month’s eviction notice (the province insists on one month each).

“Developers will be made aware of this policy up front through the development process,” said Dale Rintoul, city planner.

There will be representatives from B.C. Housing, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Land Trust and the City of Vernon to answer questions and explain their role in affordable housing.

The workshop runs Jan. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.

Seating is limited and registration can be done by contacting  karak@futuresbc.com.