The Bowen Island Affordable Housing Strategy was developed in 2007 as the basis for a plan to respond to the findings of the Bowen Islands Housing Needs Assessment.
Building on broad community participation, the strategy identified six goals and nine actions, which together formed a comprehensive approach to increase the supply of rental and ownership housing for low and moderate-income households. A number of there were completed during the five years during the operation of Council’s Affordable Housing Working Group.
- Adequate supply of rental housing for low‐income households.
- Adequate supply of rental housing for people with special needs.
- Affordable rental housing for moderate‐income households.
- Entry‐level ownership housing for moderate-income families.
- Diverse financing and housing options, and alternative ownership and tenure arrangements, for families, couples, singles, empty nesters, and seniors.
- Suitable housing and support to enable seniors to age in place.
- Form a municipally-owned not-for-profit Bowen Island Housing Corporation (BIHC) to manage, acquire and, if necessary, build perpetually affordable rental and ownership housing on Bowen Island.
- Obtain affordable housing through the rezoning process by BIM working with developers and through the use of municipal lands.
- Complete legalization of secondary suites on Bowen.
- Proceed with the second part of the recommendation of the Secondary Suites Task Force Report to legalize accessory buildings for residential purposes.
- Obtain Council’s commitment to adopting a proactive, ongoing affordable housing agenda.
- Seek partnerships through the new propose municipal housing corporation with government, business, community organizations, employers, residents and others to create affordable rental housing.
- Amend the Official Community Plan to strengthen municipal support for affordable housing.
- Introduce innovative building forms and techniques for affordable housing.
- Educate the community about affordable housing needs and solutions.