RITE Richmond Announces Housing and Development Action Plan
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RITE Richmond Announces Housing and Development Action Plan

For Immediate Release

November 4, 2014

RICHMOND, B.C. – With more and more Richmond residents concerned about housing now and in the future, the RITE Richmond City Council team of Carol Day and Michael Wolfe announced their Housing and Development Action Plan on Tuesday.

“It’s time we get back to basics, and encourage builders to create homes that are affordable and allow for children of established Richmond families to stay in Richmond,” said Day.

The 13-step plan’s goal is to help create opportunities for Richmond residents to stay in Richmond, while respecting the look and feel of existing neighbourhoods. Included in the plan is a call to instruct City staff to investigate the viability of a Vacancy Tax on housing units that remain empty for 6 months or more. The plan also calls on staff to study the viability of a foreign ownership tax and how the City can lobby provincial and federal governments to also study this.

Among the steps listed in the plan are opportunities to work with developers to create more affordable housing units and more options to enhance neighbourhoods. The plan also empowers citizens to become more involved in the rezoning application process through communication, freedom of information requests and the option of down-zoning, as has been done in the Corporation of Delta.

“The people of Richmond should be able to live in their neighbourhoods and have a say in how that neighbourhood grows,” added Day. “We must respect the existing neighbourhoods and ensure quality of life is not negatively affected by change.”

You can find the full plan here.

7 Comments

  1. I would love to get some more info on this issue. I am a 2 nd generation Richmond resident and with a 2 year old am already looking to relocate due to the inability to afford to purchase in this city. With all our family located in Richmond also it is not something we want but are forced to look at things realistically.

  2. Hi Travis

    Thanks for your email, we have heard concerns like your over and over again… We released our Housing and Development plan yesterday and Michael Wolfe and I are determined to work with developers to create opportunities to build simpler smaller homes that are affordable .

    We are so sorry for the challenges that you face with the high cost of housing in Richmond and when we get elected this is our top priority.

    Call anytime if you need more info or go to our web site for the plans we have created.

    REMEMBER to vote Nov 15th

    Thanks again Carol and Michael

  3. Thumbs up for new zoning bylaws. Also 2nd gen Richmondite here hoping to stay. Would love to hear if yours plans include smaller single lot houses or laneway houses (as permitted in Vancouver).

    • Hi Irene

      Thanks for your comment about our housing plan.

      The RITE Richmond team is committed to better communication and addressing key issues like this.

      The City of Richmond currently allows Granny Flats or Laneway houses in certain areas of the City, for example Edgemere. I think that the future will hold more creative housing ideas, and Michael and I want to help drive that momentum. I can also see subdivisions of small homes that would be like mini communities, but we have to be careful that these don’t turn into another place for foreign money to be parked. Our “smaller houses” plan is directed towards first time buyers , seniors , families and people with disabilities. The issue is a big on, and as we move forward we have to be mindful of the pro’s and con’s.

      It took decades for us to be in this predicament, and to be honest, it will take a little while to find the solutions, but discussions like this are the first step.

      Talk to you soon,
      Carol Day

  4. It is definitely time to do something about the housing price in Richmond. With an Asian backgound and working with mostly new immigrants, I think the Vancancy Tax is a great idea, but there might be loop holes for the rich to get away. Many would rent and get cash without reporting, giving the impression that the house is not vacant.
    Nonetheless, this is still exciting. We’ve recently sold our townhouse and have been looking at North Delta. If this project takes off, we might stay in Richmond.

    • Hi Rosa

      Thanks for your comments. Your right. There is always a loophole, and some owners may try to circumvent any potential restrictions. Renters are better that empty homes because ghost towers are not an inviting place to live. If more rentals come on the market, supply and demand could result in lower rental rates, which is good for folks needing more affordable units.

      I hope you stay in Richmond. I can feel a wave of change coming and that makes me optimistic for Richmond.

      Lets talk more.
      Carol Day

  5. I hope your program that you plan for the housing in Richmond will happen. Its a fact that housing is unaffordable for young family in this city. The only alternative is to move out of Richmond and live further. It is hard to believe that owning a property in Richmond is about hundred thousands of dollars more by just crossing the Massey tunnel. We need people like you in the council that looks after the average people and not only for the rich/entrepreneur citizens in beautiful city of Richmond.