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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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Kennedy StewartNoAchieving more vacancy in rentals is necessary. The current rate is far too low and means renters are struggling to find homes that are affordable. Kennedy plans to use the newly created rental-only zoning to protect some rental housing from redevelopment. He also plans to build 25,000 purpose built rental units over 10 years. Kennedy will create the office of a Renters Advocate at City Hall to protect renters rights. These actions will help to raise the vacancy rate in Vancouver and ensure more affordable rental housing is created.
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John YanoYesI support a 5-7% vacancy rate as this will lower rents. A 3% vacancy rate will only slow the rise in cost of rental homes. I propose a moratorium on upzoning for market residential condos until a 5-7% vacancy rate is achieved. I propose to advocate that urban voters not vote for Parties or Candidates that don't provide concrete short & long term plans to fund construction and maintenance of affordable housing federally and provincially with timelines and measurable goals. I propose to zone for rental only housing throughout the city in community selected areas with an emphasis away from the downtown core.
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Gölök Z BudayNoI hate to minimize, if I can do better to inspire a better than 3% I will do it. I also worry about promises, anyone who knows enough about the City's problems to make hard promises are complicit or lying. We need a Mayor who can mediate council fairly with a free speech mentality. Out of the box ideas, something I am full of, and someone who is fiscally responsible so we can have revenues and tax rate drops that encourage people and build a real trust in Government to even come close to action. I favor a temporary moratorium on Condo building. My Open Permit System, to replace Property Use and Maintenance Bylaws should help a lot. A lot could be cut in Government. People could choose and send directly their pieces of the tax bill to services and departments rather than centrally filtering the money.
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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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Larry FallsYesEstablish a city housing authority to identify, manage and acquire rental housing below market rates.
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Brandon Yan and Christine BoyleYesWe think the City should use strategic tools including a land value capture and luxury housing tax to raise funds to build thousands of publicly owned rental housing units on city-owned land. We also believe that purpose-built rental housing should be built in every neighbourhood across the city, with incentives in place for non-profit and social purpose organizations, as well as developers, to build it.
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Barbara BuchananYesStop tearing down the 3 story walk ups. Build more rental housing.
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Kelly AlmYesCommercial rezoning for rentals (C-2 density increase to 3 or 4 FSR citywide), Rent to Own program, Manditory minimum "lock-off" rental suites in certain zones. Not enough time to completely answer this question.
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Hamdy El-RayesYes1- Ban Airb&b until we reach a minimum of 3% vacancy rate. 2- Proactively participate in building housing for students on UBC campus. we have 50,000 students renting in Vancouver >> student will vacate the rental housing to live on campus. 3- Allow 2 secondary suites to help increase vacancy rate. - Give priority to permits for building rental property.
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Cord " TED " CopelandYesAlthough I will try to pursue the 3% vacancy rate you seek I will also tell you that it is an impossible goal to attain, as sad as that is, it is the truth. Here are my reasons for thinking this. Vancouver is constantly ranked as one of the worlds most livable cities, Vancouver is the biggest city on the West Coast of Canada, Vancouver has the best weather in all of Canada. We invited the world here in 1986 and again in 2010, guess what. The world came and lots of very wealthy people took the opportunity to purchase homes here. You can never achieve this goal of 3%, there are two reasons for this. 1) The cities that have a 3% vacancy are not Vancouver, are not as desired as Vancouver and are not limited in growth by oceans or mountains, there is no more land to build on so things must be destroyed and huge towers must be built, if this occurs the Elegance of Vancouver will be lost forever. 2) Even if you built 1 million new places they would be filled in a second and there would be more people looking to move here so the vacancy rate would never change. That is the sad part about living in a great place, everyone wants to live here, unfortunately there is no way for that to happen. The price of land keeps rising, the cost of building keeps rising and property taxes keep rising faster than our wages do. What we need to do is build transportation that is damn quick so we can get people into the city from suburbs where land is plentiful and cheaper, like they have in other major cities, New York, London, Hong Kong, Toronto etc, everyone wants to live in those cities too, but they cannot due to rent cost and availability so they commute but can still partake in the greatness of those places. I wish I could tell you I have some magic cure for this but I would be lying and anyone that tells you different is lying to you, sorry
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Justin P. GoodrichYesAs 'building' takes time, the NPA will immediately allow for two secondary suites in each home. With 40,000 eligible homes in Vancouver, even if only a small percentage of home-owners took us up on that offer that would result in thousands of new units. Moreover, it will drive down rental costs because of greater supply. Long-term, the NPA will build more 'purpose built' rentals on city land, and find ways of expediting new developments (including automatic rezoning on certain sized developments so long as they are approved by a recognized housing practitioner, like an architect).
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Graham CookYes-Incentivize and Legalize Purpose Built Rentals across the city, in every neighbourhood -Yes, the previous point means we need to end the apartment ban in 'RS-1' zones (Duplexes are a great first step, but not enough!) -We also need to make better use of our existing secondary rental stock, namely aggressively pursuing illegal Short Term Rentals as well as tripling the Empty Homes Tax to 3%
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James LinYesWe need to have more purpose built rental homes at affordable level and speed up the permit processing time.
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Pete FryYes- higher rates of inclusionary zoning on new build - higher rates of below market housing on new build - Whistler Housing Authority style workforce housing - prioritizing rentals through fast tracking building approvals on new PBR - use city lands for affordable housing - allow easier conversion of secondary suites - use new rental zoning to protect and increase supply of affordable rental - limit apartment building demolitions read more at tinyurl.com/green18-housing
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Rob McDowellYesInitiatives and policies which encourage affordable Purpose Built Rental construction must expand; use city owned land to further lower costs of PBRs; expand and modernize co-op and co-housing options, which could help increase levels of available rental housing; work with federal and provincial government to encourage PBR construction; encourage neighbouring cities (and region) to expand their available PBR building stock. It is important to ensure that an affordability mechanism is included in any PBR policies: we need to build appropriately.
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Marlo FransonYes1. I would like to create a new department at City Hall, Rental Management, a business that is making sure homes are safe, secure, open to the public and helps rent them out. 2. I would like to create a policy that no homes are allowed to sit empty for a certain time, then and only then would our new Rental Management company come in and rent it out. 3. I would put a freeze on AirBNB, etc. I would look into how it affects the city and whether it is something that could be out right banned or worked with.
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Lisa KristiansenYesMake vacancy rates for each neighbourhood are known and accurate and consider those rates when implementing plans to meet the demand for rentals in that hood. Use government monies/property where applicable. Build purpose built rentals, allow 2 secondary suites in houses where families are downsizing and have unused space, rate suites on level of service issues: i.e build suites with different price and space requirements to ensure there is an affordability and livability option for a variety of types of tenants.
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Penny NobleYes1. Keep our existing, lower cost rentals! stop demolition of 1000+character houses per year. Most have at least one or more rental suites. They are replaced with large houses that seldom have rentals and if they do are very unaffordable. Plus allow people to have two secondary suites in their character homes as well as a Laneway house for rental only. This is a faster, less expensive way to add rental options, and also allows people to afford to stay in their homes or others to possibly purchase, perhaps with someone else, as well as maintaining neighbourhood character. 2. Keep the older walk up rental apartment buildings in areas such as the West end, as well as the walk up apartments above local small businesses in popular walking, shopping neighbourhoods such as West Broadway in Kits, Main Street, Commerical Drive, Cambie etc. These are being demolished often in favour of higher, much more expensive, condo/non rental buildings 3. Extend the leases of City owned co-ops and reduce the red tape, regulations and permitting wait times at Vancouver City Hall for those trying to build purpose built rentals such as Pension funds. The overly vigorous processes is delaying projects and putting people off attempting them in the first place.
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Katherine RamdeenYes1. WHERE DO WE BUILD? Community consultation to rezone areas where we can see adding 3 or 4 story apartment buildings or medium to high-rise development next to public transportation stations and hubs. 2. WHAT DO WE BUILD? We need to streamline our building and development process at the city of Vancouver. We need to cut processing times. Then, we need to make sure whatever we're building, the median household income in Vancouver, approximately $59000 after taxes, can afford to live there. We need to see reflected in the construction of new housing, the cost to rent will be feasible for your median Vancouverite. 20% of these new builds need to accommodate low-income earners. We can use CACs to build what that particular community needs. By asking the neighbourhood what they want, we might see a little less NIMBYism, and more opening of our diverse communities to growth and prosperity. Simply put, we need to build more of what we actually need. It's not complicated and politics tends to do that. I like to keep things simple. What do we need, why do we need it, how do we do it in a way everyone wins? Also, I would put forth a Housing Tax Rebate for renters that would also work to mitigate rental income fraud. The way it works is, if you make below a certain income, we would apply a tax break on the first x dollars of your rent and you can apply that as a rebate on your income taxes. This information will be cross-checked to enforce people to claim their rental incomes. Additionally, rental income should be taxed at the capital gains rate. This way, we're cutting renters a break, exposing possible rental income fraud, and giving an incentive to landlords to list their rental income. All these things should increase the vacancy rate and create a more hospitable housing market for everyone!
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Anastasia KoutalianosNoI answered no, not because I don't believe in championing minimum rates, but because the question is forcing me to be either or on the subject, which I'm not. I think this is a super grey topic, and that higher vacancy rates doesn't necessarily mean more affordable housing options. In fact, more supply won't lessen demand. I think we need to see this from a more big picture perspective and first focus on densifying our single-family neighbourhoods (low hanging fruit) across Metro Vancouver, not just Vancouver, and in all neighbourhoods. And do so using various forms, types and tenure models. Purpose built where it makes sense, and high-rises in other areas, and laneways if you want...the whole gamut. Only then will we offer a diversity of rental and ownership models that are in line with our varying wallets. But to level the playing field...that's a challenge. We live in a free market, though we're definitely seeing its limitations. This housing crisis is having us all reflect on what is and what needs to shift to do better for everyone. Supply is one step but not enough. For me, I need to see it how this plays into the bigger housing solution. I'd ask experts and our city staff what they think. Creating band-aid policies and promoting one-off incentives doesn't get at the root of the problem. In short, I think this needs some thinking on my end, I'd need to pick the brains of many, and see what works best from a city-wide lens and for all Vancouverites (and not just renters). And yes, I'm a renter :)
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Catherine EvansYesUsing the new rental only zoning by-law authority to specify locations that must have purpose-build rentals. Using city owned land for the rapid expansion of below market rental units (while we are able to take advantage of provincial and federal support for building costs). Increasing the percentage of family size units in new rental buildings. Tripling the empty homes tax.
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Adrian CrookYesRental vacancy rate is the most meaningful metric to target when approaching rental affordability. Because 3-5% is widely regarded as a "healthy" rental vacancy rate, allowing for tenant choice and landlord competitiveness, 3% should be the minimum we aim to achieve. Vancouver's current rental vacancy rate sits at below 1% (.9%). Rental vacancy increases come from a two-pronged approach: 1) Protecting existing supply of rentals, either from demolition, conversion to condo, or from short term uses such as AirBnB 2) Tilting the scales in favour of building affordable purpose built rentals instead of condominiums. The City has already done some good work on #1, although some of those policies could be backstopped as we begin to see how they work (or don't) when implemented. On #2, my platform calls for the City to fast track and incentivize the construction of housing with “community benefit,” like purpose built rental, land trust (or other speculation-proof housing), co-ops & co-housing, seniors and social housing, heritage building retention, and more. Using tools like density bonusing or CAC subsidies to encourage the creation of rental homes is well within the City's purview and should be our first order of business.
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