Affordable Housing

Kimberley City Council recognizes the value and benefit for all citizens to have access to adequate and suitable housing. Council is committed to working with all citizens and stakeholders to promote a diverse mix of safe, healthy and accessible housing opportunities along the affordable housing continuum.

For more information on Affordable Housing, please contact Planning Services at 250.427.9664.

Definition of Affordable Housing

Affordable housing adequately suits the needs of low- and moderate-income households at costs below those generally found in the Kimberley market. It may take a number of forms that exist along a continuum – from emergency shelters, to transitional housing, to non-market rental (also known as social or subsidized housing), to formal and informal rental and ending with affordable home ownership.

Affordable Housing Committee

An Affordable Housing Committee was created to provide Council with advice and recommendations to address affordable housing issues in the community.

The Committee was instrumental in raising awareness and the level of understanding of affordable housing issues amongst community members, developers and businesses in Kimberley. With the guidance of the Committee, the Kimberley Affordable Housing Needs Assessment and Action Strategy were completed and adopted by Council in 2009.

Regulatory Changes

The zoning bylaw was amended in 2010 to reduce regulatory barriers and expand the opportunities to create additional accessory dwellings (secondary suites), including carriage-house dwellings and detached units, on parcels in the R-2 zone – the largest zone and majority of residential lands in the community.

Since 2009, some of Kimberley’s key development parcels have been rezoned to include specific provisions to encourage affordable housing and to stimulate an increase in the overall diversity of housing types and sizes available in the community.