Lumby targets housing

The village held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss how to create affordable and attainable housing in the community

Lumby officials are entering into a conversation to solve the housing shortage.

The village held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss how to create affordable and attainable housing in the community.

“People could indicate what they are in favour of in their neighbourhood or what they’re not in favour of such as row housing,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

“This local government intends to do something about this issue.”

Acton says a shortage of housing, at an affordable price, is creating a challenge for Lumby economically as well as socially.

“We want to create a youthful, vibrant community that takes care of its seniors. We want to build on that.”

Along with rentals, Acton wants to see an emphasis placed on home ownership.

“If people own their own homes, that means it opens up rentals for other people.”

As a next step, council and administration will now look at the feedback from residents and determine next steps.

“This may go from advocacy of the government to buying land and building homes,” said Acton.

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