Qualicum Beach council talked about affordable housing during their most recent meeting. (NEWS file photo)

Qualicum Beach council talks affordable housing

‘We need to get some younger families in town’

Qualicum Beach town council started discussion around a affordable housing project downtown, in a move Mayor Brian Wiese called a priority for council.

It’s the first stage in creating an affordable housing project on the town-owned land at Railway Street and Village Way West. The land has to first be rezoned to allow for medium-density housing.

“We know we’re going to build some affordable housing there, in partnership with BC Housing and whoever else that gets on board, it’s a bigger deal than just one,” said Mayor Wiese.

He said it’s important for the town to start the process of rezoning the land so when they get the opportunity to move forward, they won’t have to go through a time consuming process.

“So that’s all that is, we’re just getting prepared, so when the opportunity comes we don’t have to go through that,” he said. “We’re saying get everything lined up so when we get the opportunity to put a shovel in the ground, that we’re not going for zoning at that point in time.”

READ MORE: Housing problem hits Parksville Qualicum Beach

Wiese said he sees housing as an especially pressing issue, and that this project could help make opportunities for younger families to find housing in Qualicum Beach.

“We have 22 open holes of commercial downtown and part of that reason is there’s no workers here and the reason there’s no workers here is there’s nowhere to live,” he said. “There’s less than one per cent rentals and even those are ridiculously expensive, so we need to get some younger families in town that are going to take some of these jobs downtown.”

Council will talk more about affordable housing during their next meeting on Jan. 15.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Body discovered floating in water near Lasqueti Island

JRCC reports fishing vessel personnel made the find on Saturday, Sept. 19

PQBeat: Do you remember your first television set?

Sharing memories of TV shows past and present

COVID-19: New air carrier sought for Qualicum Beach Airport

Island Express Air ends operation due to pandemic

Quirky Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ takes Emmys by storm with comedy sweep

Toronto-raised Daniel Levy and Ottawa-born Annie Murphy both got supporting actor nods

B.C.’s Chase Claypool catches first NFL touchdown pass

Abbotsford grad establishes new record for longest scrimmage TD by a Canadian

B.C. has highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita, federal data shows

B.C. currently has 1,803 active cases after weeks of COVID-19 spikes in the province

181 days gone: Family continues to look for man last seen in RCMP custody 6 months ago

Brandon Sakebow’s last known location was leaving Mission RCMP cell, police say; family has doubts

B.C. unveils new cannabis sales programs to help small, Indigenous growers

Government did not say how it will define small producers, but says nurseries will be included in the policy

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Most Read