Provincial government ministers Murray Rankin (from left), Lana Popham and Rob Fleming discussed the housing crisis at a town hall hosted by the District of Saanich in November. The event was closed to media, but informative suggestions made at the time are being shared with the public for use in future planning. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes)

Provincial government ministers Murray Rankin (from left), Lana Popham and Rob Fleming discussed the housing crisis at a town hall hosted by the District of Saanich in November. The event was closed to media, but informative suggestions made at the time are being shared with the public for use in future planning. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes)

Saanich community associations helping tackle housing crisis

Network, district look at ways to increase affordability, support housing diversity and more

The Saanich Community Association Network has been working closely with the District of Saanich and the province to come up with solutions for the housing crisis in 2022.

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes said enlightening discussions with ministers Lana Popham, Murray Rankin, and Rob Fleming were had at a town hall meeting in early November 2021. Those discussions have informed further planning in the new year around solving the housing crisis, he added.

“(Having) no media present at that event ensured the most open dialogue possible, and we’re bringing that knowledge forward for real-time application now that we’re halfway into January,” Haynes said. Advocating for Saanich to senior levels of government is a key part of the ongoing effort to create affordable living, he noted.

Areas in need of solution were outlined in a report from the District of Saanich and the Housing Task Force, honing in on seven key areas, including increasing affordability, protecting rental housing, supporting housing diversity and reducing barriers to housing development.

“We are currently discussing how community associations can be proactive this year in working with Saanich to achieve positive outcomes for our neighbourhoods,” said network chair Don Gunn in an interview with Black Press Media.

To learn more about the housing strategy visit saanich.ca.

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