Overview

The City of Pitt Meadows is working with Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (MVHC) on the Metro Vancouver/City of Pitt Meadows Affordable Housing Project. This proposal aims to build a “rent-geared-to-income” housing development for seniors, families, and people with disabilities.

The proposed housing will offer an estimated 120 accessible and adaptable units with integrated childcare in the building, as well as indoor and outdoor amenities in the Pitt Meadows Civic Centre (adjacent to the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre). The City-owned site on 119B Avenue would be leased to and managed by MVHC.

The City and Metro Vancouver will pursue funding from the Provincial Government and B.C Housing in early 2021. If approved for funding and after public consultation, the average project takes about four years to complete.

Updates

On December 8, 2020, Metro Vancouver Housing presented an overview of the Metro Vancouver/City of Pitt Meadows Housing Proposal to Council and the intent to submit the proposal to the BC Housing Community Housing Fund in January 2021 for funding support.

Next Steps

  • Council has directed City staff to begin working on the Official Community Plan (OCP) rezoning amendments for the project, which will include a public hearing.
  • Metro Vancouver Housing will submit the proposal to the BC Housing Community Housing Fund in January 2021 for funding support for the project.

Background

In late 2019, Metro Vancouver invited local governments to partner with MVHC in their affordable housing program. Under the program, local governments provide land at a nominal lease rate or fee to Metro Vancouver.

On February 25, 2020, City Council voted to apply to MVHC and earmarked a vacant piece of City property on 119B Avenue (adjacent to the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre). The property was identified for its high walkability score and its proximity to transit and local services.

Council expressed their strong preference that the Housing Proposal would include a daycare space, this is a step forward to address the daycare shortages in Pitt Meadows noted in the recent Childcare Needs Assessment. By submitting a combined proposal for affordable housing and daycare space, the City and Metro Vancouver hope to explore opportunities for Provincial and Federal Government funding through the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development.

On December 8, 2020, Metro Vancouver provided an overview of the project and announced to Council that they had identified Pitt Meadows as one of three priority projects out of 13 opportunities for their Housing Project. The proposed housing will offer 120 accessible and adaptable units with integrated childcare in the building, indoor and outdoor amenities, and will focus on affordable “rent-geared-to-income” housing for seniors, families, and people with disabilities. The City-owned site on 119B Avenue would be leased to and managed by MVHC.

The Housing Spectrum - Affordable Housing vs. Low Barrier Housing

This project will provide a type of Affordable Housing in Pitt Meadows. Not to be confused with Low Barrier Housing, which has few requirements for applicants, Affordable Housing offers geared-to-income rents of approximately 30 percent of an applicant’s household income or rents that are 10-20 percent below average market rates. Affordable Housing is geared to families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Learn more about Metro Vancouver Affordable Housing here.

Metro Vancouver Housing Spectrum Graphic

Project Milestones

  • December 8, 2020 – Metro Vancouver made a Council Presentation with an overview of the Metro Vancouver/City of Pitt Meadows Housing Proposal.
  • June 16, 2020 – Staff made a Council Presentation with an update on the application process.
  • March 10, 2020 – Mayor Dingwall sent a letter to the BC Minister of State for Child Care regarding the City’s interest in applying for funding from MVHC and the Province for a combined housing and daycare building.
  • Feb 25, 2020 – Staff made a Council Presentation for an expression of interest to identify potential municipal lands for Metro Vancouver Housing Development. For more information, see the Staff Report.

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