Coles Notes – Downtown Eastside Housing Plan (2005)

The DTES Housing Plan is strong about the pace of development in the DTES.

It says at least 7 times that the rate of change should be monitored and at least 4 times that the community should be involved in monitoring the rate of change. HP says the city will report on development activity every month (p. 69)

It says at least 7 times that mechanisms to control the rate of change should be developed and at least once that these mechanisms are key to controlling the rate of change. “A key implementation piece in the HP is the development of mechanisms to manage the rate of change in the DTES…” (P. 6)

It says that new market and social housing should proceed at a similar pace at least 3 times.

We do have one sort of monitoring report released earlier this year. The one that said 1597 market units were planned or built between 2005 and 2010 (111 of them rental) and 557 new social housing units planned for same period). This report clearly indicates that new market and social housing are not proceeding at a similar pace. CCAP has been begging for mechanisms and been put off by Planning Dept and council.

The HP is also strong about wanting new development to be affordable and affordable rental, which is mentioned 17 times.

It also says at least 6 times that the DTES should be a primarily low income community and more than 4 times that there should be no displacement of current residents.

The HP also says that the number of units for low income people will remain constant over time at 10,000 (p3).

It says, P. 5, that the total market housing is expected to almost double in 10 years (2005 to 2015) and be 1/3 of the total housing stock (4000 units). We have 3850 market units built or in process now counting 58 W. Hastings.

The HP only wants about 100 new soc. housing units in the DTES per year (p. 6) and predicts that market housing will increase by 100-120 units per year over the next 20 years (p. 19).

HP wants 30-40 more low income singles units/yr in DT south and 30-50/yr more in rest of city.

HP says there are about 1000 units of privately owned rental housing in the DTES (p37) and that 40% of condo units in area are rented (p39).

Some good pages to quote:

p. 18:  “Development of new mkt housing and low income housing must proceed together for dtes to be sustainable.”

p. 18: “If …market housing surges ahead, the ability to replace sro’s 1 for 1…may be compromised as sites develop and land prices increase.”

p. 83:  social housing capacity:  there is a capacity in the dtes to build 9500 social housing units of 500 sf.

P. 70:  affordability should be emphasized; they predict a near doubling of market housing over the next 10 years to one quarter of total stock.

p. 70 recommends community advisory cttee for feedback on development proposals in light of community interests; p. 67 has terms of ref for community advisory body–