November 22, 2016 - Council will consider proposed temporary modular housing (TMH) definition, regulations and amendments to existing City-owned CD-1 sites, and design guidelines. The proposed amendments are to add a new definition for temporary modular housing and associated regulations to the Zoning and Development Bylaw and to amend four City-owned CD-1 sites to allow TMH. Design guidelines are also proposed to ensure high quality design and neighbourhood fit.
The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 6:00pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. To speak at the meeting, register from 8:30am on December 2, 2016, until 5:00pm on December 13, 2016.
For more information, contact Graham Anderson at 604-673-8479.
September 28, 2016 – Horizon North was the successful proponent of our request for proposal (RFP) to develop the first temporary modular housing project. The Horizon North proposal showed a good understanding of the scope for the project and provided a balance between form and function. Through clever use of innovative design ideas and products, the building can be relocated and reconfigured to fit a number of different sites. Even the foundation system is adaptable and reusable.
The 14,875 square foot building will feature 40 single occupancy suites with self-contained bathrooms and kitchens, individual climate control, and private living space. The central building features include indoor and outdoor amenity space, central laundry and a number of wheelchair accessible suites on the first floor.
May 12, 2016 – We are taking the next step in the process of delivering temporary modular homes. This form of construction is a cost-effective way to quickly increase the supply of affordable housing until more permanent housing can be built.
What is modular housing?
Modular housing is a form of construction that consists of multiple sections or modules that are typically manufactured off-site. Completed modules are transported to the building site and assembled by a crane. They can be placed quickly and house residents almost immediately after setup.
Earlier this spring, we undertook a request for qualification process and shortlisted 12 companies with experience delivering modular homes. We invited the top five companies to bid on the first two pilot projects.
Request for proposal issued for pilot site
We issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a pilot site, located at 1500 Main Street, to advance due-diligence studies and site-specific project designs.
- 1500 Main will accommodate approximately 40 to 80 micro homes (with private bathrooms and kitchens) and amenity space.
- All of these homes will be available to individuals on income assistance or fixed incomes.
- The pilot project will be operated by a non-profit society that we are in the process of selecting.
The successful proponent has submitted an application for a temporary development permit for each site. As part of that process, a formal community notification process will take place to seek input from neighbouring residents and businesses. The development permit application includes more detailed information on the non-profit that will operate and manage the homes.
The five proponents for the pilot projects were:
Following the pilot projects, future opportunities for modular housing projects will be opened to all 12 shortlisted companies, which further include:
The building will be operated by our Non-Market Operations, and tenants will be selected from other City-owned and operated non-market housing.
Questions and comments
Get more information on our non-market inventory
Prequalified developer partners
In March 2015, VAHA posted a request for qualifications (RFQ) to select partners for a prequalified shortlist to develop affordable housing on City-owned land.
The following partners were selected to participate:
- Boffo Developments
- Bosa Properties
- Boston Construction Group
- Concert Properties
- Concord Pacific
- Cressey Development Group
- Eighth Avenue Development Group
- Lang Wilson – Kindred
- Lark Group
- Marcon Developments
- VanMar Constructors Inc.
- Ventana Construction Corporation
- Westbank Corp
- Solterra Group of Companies
- Thind Properties
Board of directors
The Housing Agency’s board includes senior City staff and four at-large directors with skills and experience in real estate and development, finance, legal, design and planning, rental management, and affordable housing.
Luke Harrison is interim CEO of VAHA, formerly senior planner. Luke led a team of project directors and development managers to develop market and affordable rental housing on City of Vancouver land. Luke brings extensive experience in business development and acquisition activities to generate affordable housing.