VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver NPA has released it’s economic and affordable housing platform for the civic election.
The party is focusing on four main elements.
Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe says under the leadership of Gregor Robertson all of the issues in the platform have been mounting.
“We’re going to promote economic growth in all sectors of the economy. Second, we’re going to increase the supply of family and seniors housing. Third, we’re going to address the impact of foreign investment and non-occupancy on residential real estate. Fourth, we’re going to provide openeness and guidelines for community amenity contributions.”
LaPointe admits the most critical challenge for Vancouver is to find ways to make housing more attainable. “We think important steps in that direction are to build the economy and encourage more high paying jobs in Vancouver. With more income, more housing becomes attainable. That can only be one part of the equation. We have to deal with the supply of housing.”
Vision Vancouver responded with a statement saying the NPA is “out of touch” with no real plans to address Vancouver’s affordability challenges.
It says there’s no mention of rental housing, targets for new housing units, nothing on social or supportive housing, or laneway housing, co-ops, secondary suits and co-housing.