A new policy around affordable housing funding in Nelson was requested at Monday's city council meeting.

Nelson city council interested in affordable housing funding policy

Nelson city council is looking for a new policy around affordable housing funding after a new plan for the development at 330 Baker Street.

Nelson city council is looking for a new policy around affordable housing after a revised plan for the development at 330 Baker Street – where The Royal is located.

The original plan, which was approved by council in May 2011, included 16 units and opportunities for affordable housing.

According to the proposal put before council on Monday, the new project will include two residential units along with one office unit, a fitness club, a squash club and the main floor unit for The Royal.

“I’m always hopeful that there will be affordable units or affordability built in, but people who own buildings are dealing with certain realities of the financial world so it’s not always possible,” said Councillor Donna Macdonald. “I think in this instance where we’re going from nine low-income units — albeit they weren’t in very good condition — to two units one may be affordable and one is quite large and probably won’t be.”

Macdonald along with other city councillors suggested that this would be a good opportunity for the owner to make contribution to the affordable housing reserve fund.

“I think it’s a reasonable opportunity to ask for a contribution to our affordable housing reserve fund, just in recognition of the loss of those affordable units,” said Macdonald.

Council requested city staff look at the possibility for a policy that could be applied in situations like 330 Baker Street.

“The policy is trying to provide some guidelines to staff so that when developments come forward they can say ‘we have this policy and because of A, B, and C conditions I am going to ask for a contribution to our affordable housing reserve,’” said Macdonald.

“I think staff are doing quite a bit of research on what those conditions should be and what that policy should look like. That we’re not causing undo hardship, but we’re trying to address this ever present problem of lack of affordable housing.”



Just Posted

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

UPDATE: Two-car accident closes Highway 3A at Thrums

Road expected to open for single-lane alternating traffic at 2 p.m.

1919: Hudson’s Bay Company gets an addition, council votes to exclude ‘undesirable enemy aliens’

Greg Scott brings us five Nelson Daily News stories from a century ago

Call a foul on cancer with the Pink Whistle Campaign

Local basketball referees are raising money for cancer research

Man found dead identified as Andreas Pittinger

Pittinger was known locally for hosting a radio show

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Most Read