All levels of government are urged to “act quickly” in order to prevent Metro Vancouver’s housing shortage from worsening, in the latest quarterly State of the Market report issued December 5 by the Urban Development Institute.
The development industry group reported that an acute housing supply shortage continues, with just one new, move-in-ready townhome available for sale in Vancouver proper, and only 14 available across the whole Metro region, as of the end of 2017’s third quarter.
At a total of 1,813 units, new and unsold multifamily homes for purchase in Metro Vancouver, at all stages of construction, are down 84% from the peak of 11,090 units in Q1 2013.
Anne McMullin, UDI president and CEO, said, “Our industry wants to build more multi-family homes for all budgets across Metro Vancouver. The biggest obstacles are still municipal permitting delays, which can take years, and single-family zoning, restricting 85% of residential land.
“While we’ve seen an encouraging 10-year strategy to provide more multi-family options in the City of Vancouver, on a regional scale, a combined housing/transit investment action plan is needed now, or this will never be enough to meet local demand, around 97% of buyers.”
The UDI said the local population growth likely to come from the new federal immigration target increase of 13% a year by 2020, “will only add to our housing shortage and keep prices high, if local governments don’t act quickly.”