What to Expect of the Housing Affordability Task Force

This is a post that has been in the works for a while now.

I attended the final meeting of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability Task Force back on June 30th (agenda here). It was quite interesting for many reasons – not only for how complex the issues of housing and housing affordability are with multiple actors and multiple stakeholders with multiple priorities but also for how the people gathered around the HATF table were behaving & interacting with each other.  Continue reading What to Expect of the Housing Affordability Task Force

My feedback on draft housing affordability recommendations

Here is what I just submitted to housing@victoria.ca in accordance with the guidance provided on the City website specific to the actions of the Mayor’s task force on Affordable Housing. For context on my item specific responses please note that I have simply created a sequential list of the recommendations identified in this short report from the city explaining the need for and proposed sequencing of each recommendation. Continue reading My feedback on draft housing affordability recommendations

Are the two task forces the best option?

This is a little note to share something I learned from Rob Woodland, the City’s Director of Legislative Services (e.g., the guy responsible for council/committee proceedings & agendas/minutes). I asked him if it was unusual for Task Force terms of references (TOR) to go directly on Council agendas, and I asked because there is a Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity and a Housing Affordability Task Force on the Thursday Council agenda as New Business and yet both of these items are for approval.  Continue reading Are the two task forces the best option?