on Wednesday,

Councillor Melissa De Genova expresses concern about Development Cost Levy rate increase and impact on housing affordability

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Vancouver, B.C., July 8, 2015 – Vancouver City Councillor Melissa De Genova is expressing concern that, just days after Vancouverites paid their annual property taxes, the Vision majority on Council is set to increase Development Cost Levy (DCL) rates on residential, commercial/retail, and industrial properties.

De Genova says although DCL’s do provide important amenities such as childcare spaces, parks and green spaces, and social housing, the Vision councillors need to come up with other creative solutions to fund their projects rather than always funding them on the backs of taxpayers. Continue reading

on Thursday,

NPA Councillor George Affleck “deeply disappointed” by outcome of Transportation and Transit Plebiscite

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Affleck says Broadway line is still crucial to how we’re going to move people around the city and vital to the prosperity of the Metro Vancouver region

Vancouver, B.C., July 2, 2015 – NPA City Councillor George Affleck says he is “deeply disappointed” by the outcome of the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. His immediate concern now, he says, is for the Broadway line, which he says remains crucial to how we are going to move people around the city and vital to the region’s prosperity.

Affleck says Mayor Gregor Robertson needs to shoulder much of the blame for the plebiscite’s failure: “The Mayor’s team took control of the ‘yes’ campaign and created the perception – whether true or false – that the City of Vancouver had the most to gain from a ‘yes’ vote. That obviously didn’t sit well with regional voters.” Continue reading

on Thursday,

Vancouver City Council votes unanimously in support of NPA Councillor Melissa De Genova’s motion to designate a portion of Commercial Drive as Little Italy

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Vancouver, B.C., June 25, 2015 – Vancouver City Council has unanimously supported a motion by NPA Councillor Melissa De Genova to designate a portion of Commercial Drive as Little Italy. De Genova says she is thrilled with Council’s support for her motion and pleased that she has been able to advance this long overdue recognition of Little Italy in Vancouver.

However, she is concerned that an amendment made to her motion by Vision Council members will stall the recognition process by making it part of the contentious Grandview-Woodlands Community Plan. De Genova says making Little Italy part of the Grandview-Woodlands planning process is “a slap in the face” to the Italian Community, noting that recognition of other cultural communities in the city, such as Little Saigon, Chinatown, and the Punjabi Market, were never subject to the higher planning standard being imposed on Little Italy. Continue reading

on Friday,

“A City Everyone Can Call Home”: Councillor Melissa De Genova Calls for an Affordable Home Ownership Program in Vancouver

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De Genova wants City Staff to explore incentives and different types and forms of housing, such as micro units and co-op housing, and programs to increase Vancouver’s stock of townhomes to make Affordable Home Ownership in Vancouver possible

Vancouver, B.C., June 12, 2015 – NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova is calling on the City of Vancouver to explore the establishment of an Affordable Home Ownership program. The Vancouver real estate market has become unaffordable for many people, including Millennials, young families and seniors. Many people who want to own a home find they must leave the City to find affordable homes they can purchase.

De Genova says Vancouver has a long history of family-centred planning and policies and that it strives to be a city with healthy, thriving children and families: A city everyone can call home. However, there are currently no City-led initiatives or programs to encourage Affordable Home Ownership, nor any specific policies or goals related to Affordable Home Ownership units in the City of Vancouver.

“Many people, especially Millennials and young families, are unable to live in Vancouver because it’s unaffordable and prices continue to rise,” De Genova says. “We need to provide people with housing options beyond rentals that can make the dream of home ownership a reality.” Continue reading