Saanich News: Affordable Housing

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011

We asked the Saanich mayor and council candidates to provide their thoughts and strategies on affordable housing. Dean Murdock, council candidate: We need to work with builders and regional partners to get a mix of housing options that are affordable for all levels of income. When families can afford to settle in our community, they […]

New developments must have affordable units: Murdock

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release November 8, 2011 New developments must have affordable units: Murdock Victoria – Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock wants to set a minimum of affordable units for large development projects. This morning Murdock announced an Affordable Saanich Action Plan that includes a 10 percent contribution of affordable units that will add hundreds […]

First All Candidates Meeting tackles suites, LRT, and regional planning

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011

The first of nine all-candidates meetings for Saanich council hopefuls is in the bag. Hosted by the Victoria Real Estate Board Monday, councillor candidates had the opportunity to speak on such issues as legalizing secondary suites, light rail on Douglas Street and McKenzie Avenue and slow processing of building permits. “Right now there’s no incentive. […]

14 affordable family townhouses

Posted by on Jan 13, 2011

Saanich approves next phase of Campus of Care on former Mount View school lands By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Affordable rental housing for families is the focus of the next construction project to be built on the former Mount View school property. As part of Mount View Heights, The Vergo, a block of 14 […]

Identifying opportunities for affortable units

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010

Saanich approach to affordable housing making homes more costly, homebuilders association says Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Saanich’s affordable housing fund actually makes homes less affordable, claims the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. “What’s happening is, rather than creating affordable units, (Saanich is) contributing to a lack of affordable housing in Greater Victoria,” Casey Edge, executive officer […]

Secondary suites provide badly-needed housing

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010

For landlords and tenants, back to school housing crunch make for tense relationships By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Demand is down, but that doesn’t mean the University of Victoria needs fewer dorm rooms on campus. “If we had another building we would fill it. People like to live on campus because it’s so convenient,” […]

A project the community can be proud of

Posted by on Aug 21, 2010

Deadline set for demolishing eyesores on Inverness and Cloverdale By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News A half-block of derelict buildings will soon no longer be an eyesore for passing motorists or nearby residents. Four vacant houses on the corner of Cloverdale Avenue and Inverness Road will be demolished by August 2011 to make way for […]

Making density work for Rutledge

Posted by on Aug 12, 2010

Public hearing adjourned after marathon session By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Saanich council will next Tuesday readdress a 42-unit apartment complex with commercial space that stalled following a marathon public hearing this week. Coun. Dean Murdock said he was “disappointed” at the level of committment from the developer to capitalize on alternative transportation opportunities […]

Secondary Suites Public Hearing

Posted by on Jun 20, 2010

SECONDARY SUITES IN SAANICH ON DISCUSSION TABLE Jun 16, 2010 CFAX 1070 A PUBLIC HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK ON THE ISSUE OF PERMITTING SECONDARY SUITES SOUTH OF MCKENZIE IN SAANICH. SAANICH COUNCILLOR DEAN MURDOCK SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ON THE TABLE, WHICH HE THINKS WILL BE TACKLED AT THE MEETING. […]

Saanich Council Supports Secondary Suites

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010

SAANICH ONE STEP CLOSER TO ALLOWING SECONDARY SUITES CFAX 1070 – Apr 14, 2010 TUESDAY NIGHT COUNCIL ENDORSED A MOTION THAT MOVES THE MUNICIPALITY FORWARD IN THE LONG DISCUSSED ISSUE OF SECONDARY SUITES. SAANICH COUNCILOR DEAN MURDOCK IS HAPPY ABOUT THIS BUT SAYS THERE ARE STILL SOME CHALLENGES INCLUDING NOISE, OWNER OCCUPANCY AND PARKING “So […]