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May 15, 2019, 11:06 am

Mayor’s Task Force Introduces 'Quick Starts' for Housing Action in Burnaby

City of Burnaby
BURNABY - The Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing has proposed 10 “Quick Start” actions to improve housing affordability and accessibility, and is now seeking feedback from residents as they continue to define the trade-offs and solutions.

“We’ve had some fantastic discussions with residents, experts and among the task force over the last few months, and generated great ideas,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “People have shown they care deeply about the housing issue. With the launch of these Quick Starts we’re now getting to the really challenging part where we grapple with the trade-offs.” 

The Quick Starts are captured in the Interim Report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing, presented to Burnaby City Council May 13. They are action-oriented items focused on improving housing affordability and accessibility, and reflect input across the community. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback in the Quick Starts and Trade-Offs Survey, which runs until May 22. Results of the survey will inform discussions at a Community Recommendations Workshop on May 25.

“We want to generate solutions the community can get behind,” said Hurley. “That’s why the task force process has involved residents at every step of the way.”

A Quick Start is defined as an action that addresses a housing need for residents, is actionable within a six-month period and is within the city’s jurisdiction. Recommendations include measures to control short-term rentals, support renters, create beneficial housing partnerships and investigate land capture as a way to fund future housing projects.

“These Quick Starts are an important step and respond to residents’ call for rapid action on housing,” said Coun. Pietro Calendino, Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force. “More ideas are still under consideration and we continue to seek community input as we prepare the final report. This keeps the momentum going, and singles out some things we can start on today.”

Learn more: For more information contact:
Lee-Ann Garnett
Assistant Director, Long Range Planning 
604-294-7408 | Lee-Ann.Garnett@burnaby.ca
 
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