The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) plans to begin a project to identify housing needs in Electoral Areas B, D and F this summer.
The CSRD is a regional government that performs duties similar to municipal services, except outside of city boundaries. It is based in Salmon Arm.
The project is being made possible through a $45,000 Union of BC Municipalities Housing Needs Reports Grant.
A statement from the CSRD states the study will, “help identify housing needs or issues which are specific to the Electoral Areas, including housing affordability and accessibility. The Housing Needs Reports will be used to help guide both short-term and long-term housing policies and strategies for the CSRD.”
The CSRD said the province is requiring local governments to have Housing Needs Reports completed by mid-2022. Information from the reports is necessary for new or updated Official Community Plans, and is also a requirement for rural areas without land-use planning.
Housing Needs Reports for Electoral Areas C and E were completed in 2020. According to the CSRD, the Town of Golden is conducting a Housing Needs Report that includes Electoral Area A.
The CSRD said opportunities for public input on the Housing Needs Project for Electoral Areas B, D and F will be scheduled for fall 2021. Electoral Area B includes the rural area South of Revelstoke, Trout Lake and Galena Bay.