Conference to Address Northern Housing Needs
Prince George, B.C. – A gathering scheduled for next month at UNBC hopes to help find solutions to housing challenges in northern, B.C.
The Northern B.C. Housing Conference: Housing Solutions for Changing Communities will take place Nov. 17-18 and be hosted by UNBC’s Community Development Institute.
It will welcome over 100 delegates – everyone from builders and developers to economic development organizations and realtors.
“The goal is to talk about housing in northern B.C. With the work the CDI has done across the region, we have come to realize that there are some communities in northern B.C. that are not really well positioned to take advantage of some of the economic growth potential that could come their way,” says CDI co-director Marleen Morris.
“And one of the reasons they’re not well positioned is that their housing stock is either insufficient or inadequate in some way.”
She says that realization is why the CDI approached BC Housing for the funding of a northern BC housing study – the results of which will be discussed at the conference.
“And in that study we looked at 10 communities and we looked at the demographics in those communities and the housing stock in those communities and we prepared a profile for each of them.”
Morris says those communities are 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Dawson Creek and Fort St John.
She says the conference will also include a series of workshops examining the following topics: aging in place: opportunities for renovation and new construction, Flex Housing design, Passive housing, mixed market/non market housing, pre-fabricated building components and housing from a planner’s perspective.
To register for the conference, click here.