This afternoon the Canadian Home Builders Association is hosting a symposium on housing affordability. Details about the event are available at withinyourmeans.ca. CityCaucus.com will be in attendance Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. Follow @MikeKlassen on Twitter for updates from the symposium.
BC Housing Minister Rich Coleman is scheduled to speak, and Michael Geller is also invited as a panelist.
Here is the intro to the event courtesy of the event website:
JOIN US at HAS: Housing Affordability Symposium on February 2 – 3, 2012 to develop action-oriented strategies to lower housing costs and remove barriers to entry for all British Columbians. Let’s make market housing affordable and within the means of everyone.
British Columbians live in some of the most expensive real estate in North America. The high price of housing is no longer limited to just Greater Vancouver, but has extended to most of the populated areas across the province. In November 2010, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC along with industry and government partners hosted the first Housing Affordability Symposium. This event was ground breaking and brought together stakeholders from industry and all levels of government to openly discuss the issues and solutions to housing affordability in BC.
The results from the symposium and the roundtable discussions have been compiled into this follow-up report: The Action Plan to Address Housing Affordability in BC. This Action Plan will form the foundation for future discussions among all stakeholders. At this year’s Symposium we will re-examine and report back on the lessons learned, innovative solutions and how each of us has worked to Build a Better BC by addressing market housing affordability.
The Second Housing Affordability Symposium will follow up to the first event and provide issue specific workshops sharing ideas to balance housing costs requirements and community needs. This event will revisit the Action Plan, review our collective Progress Report results and provide additional roundtable discussions between various government leaders, industry professionals and other related stakeholders to result in a revised Action Plan to Address Market Housing Affordability.
Have your voice heard. Learn the issues. Build the solutions. Take action and register today for this critical event.
UPDATE: Some very interesting discussion and information so far. Interesting to learn about the experience of Victoria suburb Langford, as well as Minister Coleman's insistence that we must get Little Mountain built as soon as possible. More perspectives to follow this weekend.
In the meantime, keep following the #HAS2012 hashtag for more live tweets from the symposium on Friday.
– post by Mike