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Richmond
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CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR
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Running for Mayor
Commitment to 3% vacancy target and how to get there:
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CANDIDATES FOR COUNCIL
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Running for Council
Commitment to 3% vacancy target and how to get there:
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Andy ChiangYesShort-term rental programs, co-op housing programs, empty home taxes
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John RostonYesFirst, we can create significant supply at YVR where there are over 2,000 people working for minimum wage in concession operations. YVR’s income from those concession operations in 2017 was over $130 million thanks to these minimum wage workers. YVR has money. They also have land. Why are they not building affordable rental housing for their concession workers rather than leaving it to Richmond taxpayers to find the money and land for affordable housing? Second, we have to create a huge amount of rental housing as part of the redevelopment of Richmond Centre, Lansdowne Centre and the surrounding area. The plan is to build 30 new towers with over 3,000 residential units. The majority of those will be single bedroom units for sale to investors who often leave them vacant. What we need is multi-bedroom rental units. The province is giving the City the power to require that new developments contain a minimum amount of rental housing. This is a unique opportunity to require that 60% of these new units be rental housing. The City has no plans to do that. Furthermore, we need multi-bedroom units for families, for seniors with health problems, for those who need a home office and for millennials who can only afford to move out of their parent’s home by sharing the rent with friends. I spoke to Council twice asking them to require that 80% of the rental units in new developments be multi-bedroom. They voted unanimously to only require 40%. It’s time to change that.
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Henry YaoYes1. Consult both landlords and renters and lobbying for a fair vacancy tax 2. Push for more affordable rental, Co-Op Housing, and rental building development 3. form landlord and renter committees to explore additional options and strategies 4. introduce tax incentives to landlords who offer long term rental in our city 5. Work with the provincial and federal government to combat rental affordability issue
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Jack TrovatoYesThe growing housing crisis plaguing Richmond attests that an ever-increasing number of renters are struggling to keep their families housed. Current research suggests that as many as one-fourth of all greater Vancouver residents are spending over 50 percent of their total family income on housing alone. RCA will work in partnership with the provincial and federal government to advocate for more affordable, non-profit, and purpose-built rental housing. Clearly, when families are living from paycheque-to-paycheque it becomes apparent that we need more social, cooperative, and subsidized housing.
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Niti SharmaYes1. A carrot-stick policy for curbing speculative behaviour in housing: Empty homes count in Richmond and tax for all non-primary residences that are empty: this is the stick part for holding properties empty. The carrot part is to give tax breaks to landlords to rent their empty homes or vacant units long term at affordable rates. 2. Partner with federal and provincial government and build more affordable housing in forms of co-ops, rental-only buildings and also pursue other forms of building affordable ownership such as whistler's worker housing model where 50% of the multi-family building has to be built as worker housing for local workers. Use city tools such as fast tracking development applications for affordable housing and long term leases of city land for building affordability. Use pre-fab homes to lower costs and construction time. 3. Put policies and incentives to protect older strata and co-op in good state of repair so that they do not fall prey to strata termination and displacement of existing residents who may not want to sell their units or may not have the financial capacity to participate in the inflated housing market in the name of building "unaffordable density". I would think differently about the issue of strata termination and re-development if the vacancy rate were to climb to healthier level (3-5 %) or if provincial and municipal policies took better care of guaranteeing housing of the existing strata residents who did not want to sell and move but are tied to the 80% majority decision by other strata owners
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Patrick SaundersYesUsing all vacant Municipal, Provincial, and Federal land in Richmond to build a variety of social, affordable, and first responder housing using a little known 99 year leasehold. This would bring housing options to between 10,000 and 50,000 and yes increase density but not at the expense of existing farmland.
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Kelly GreeneYesImplement 3% empty homes tax; crack down on illegal uses of homes, such as Airbnb; utilize empty homes tax revenue to build co-op and rental housing. Platform at www.richmondcitizens.ca/platform
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Michael WolfeYesLobby the provincial government to implement a Vacancy Tax. Retain our old housing stock, rather then the rampant demolitions a waste of good building materials. Provide incentives for landowners to offer long term affordable rentals. Remove barriers to purpose-build-rental buildings. Form a Renter's Advisory Committee
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John RostonYeshttps://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/richmond-centre-redevelopment-should-be-mostly-rentals-says-candidate
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