Why is this type of housing a priority for Victoria?
Victoria is growing. Housing in our community needs to meet the needs of everyone including young people who want to work here, families who want to stay, and grandparents who want to be close to grandkids.
We know from Census data that Victoria continues to lose people as they enter their 30s, likely as a result of the lack of housing options that fit their incomes and ability to grow as a family.
Healthy communities include people of all ages and different stages of life. Building that community starts with creating housing options that meets the community’s needs.
Why do we need more townhouses and houseplexes?
Not everyone wants to live in a condo building, nor can everyone afford a single-family home.
Young families, couples and empty nesters want to continue to stay in Victoria, but struggle to find housing that fits their needs and their incomes.
Many want housing with a front door to the street, access to green space, and more bedrooms than most apartment buildings.
We know there are people who want to live close to work so that they can walk, ride their bike or take the bus instead of relying on their car. This helps support the quality of life that people desire, where they are active and have more time to spend with their family.
It also supports our climate by reducing emissions, protecting green space and urban forests across the region.
How does this type of housing support sustainability in our community?
Many people want to live close to where they work so that they can walk, ride their bike or take the bus instead of relying on their car. This helps support the quality of life that people desire, where they are active and have more time to spend with their family.
It also supports our climate by reducing emissions.
Building more housing in Victoria also helps protect green space and urban forests across the region.
Creating more housing options in neighbourhoods can also support more services and shops for the area, improvements to transit service and car share opportunities.
What is the result of this process? What changes can we expect to see?
Design guidelines that determine the size, scale and design features of townhouses and houseplexes
Policy updates specific to townhouses and houseplexes that will also guide new development
Locations that are suitable for townhouses and houseplexes will be identified
Zoning that would allow for townhouses and houseplexes to be built without rezoning could be considered