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Posted: March 14, 2019, 3:19 pm

Housing Needs Assessment

District of Sooke

District of Sooke

Request for Proposals

Housing Needs Assessment 

The District of Sooke (the District) is seeking a consultant or firm to conduct a Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) intended to assist the District in strategic decision-making, policy development and existing policy and bylaw updates. The needs assessment results will be integral background information for the 2019 Official Community Plan and Sooke Housing Strategy.

Project Scope of Work

A. Background
In 2007 the District of Sooke (the District) adopted an Affordable Housing & Social Housing Policy to act as a guidance document for affordable and attainable housing priorities. Over the last decade the housing market in Sooke and the Capital Regional District (CRD) has seen remarkable changes; home ownership prices have increased dramatically and the availability of rental housing in Sooke is very low. The rising costs are displacing local residents – especially more vulnerable population groups such as seniors, people with disabilities and young people. The District is experiencing the pressures of growth; specifically, in residential development. To ensure that the District is meeting the needs of the community a comprehensive and holistic Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) is required.

Sooke is home to approximately 13,000 people (2016 Census Data). Recent data from the Rental Housing Index indicates that 48% of Sooke residents are spending more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities and fall within the Core Housing Need.

The successful Proponent requires a solid understanding of current and projected market demand and demographics. In order for the District of Sooke to thrive all the factors that underpin housing demand must be considered and best practices from other jurisdictions reviewed to develop effective bylaws and policies.

B. Objective
The HNA is a means for the District to better understand the current and future housing needs. The HNA will provide an overview of the District’s current housing availability, suitability, and affordability across the entire housing continuum from basic shelter to the availability of high-end real estate. The HNA will also speak to projections and make recommendations for future population growth and significant economic sectors. The HNA should provide a breakdown of housing units by typology in the District, and information on number of bedrooms, condition and state of repair. In addition, the HNA should provide baseline information and provide recommendations for an updated Affordable Housing & Social Housing Policy; the creation of a Sooke Housing Strategy (SHS) and provide the basis for an update to the Housing section of the Official Community Plan (OCP). In addition, the results are intended to support the development of partnerships to help facilitate the construction and/or repair of affordable and attainable housing within the District, as well as identify the availability of developable land. The District intends to use the HNA as the first report under the transitional legislation in Bill 18.

Location: Sooke
Region: South Vancouver Island
Business Categories: Land Use, Property, & Real Estate
Expires: May 1, 2019, 3:00 pm