The Task Force members were
presented with a summary of Burnaby Housing Principles and the Guiding
Principles from the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing Terms of
Reference. The principles are fundamental values or rules that represent
what is desirable for the City, to assist with determining outcomes of
implemented actions. Principles are more basic than policy and objectives,
and are meant to govern both.
Summary of Burnaby Housing
Principles and reference documents:
1. Burnaby provides a varied
range and mix of housing opportunities to accommodate a diversity of
household types, sizes, and incomes.
principle is referenced in the Official Community Plan (OCP), Housing Policy (HP),
Social Sustainability Strategy (SSS), and the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS).
2. Burnaby works to ensure a
sufficient supply of affordable and special needs housing.
principle is referenced in the OCP and HP.
3. Burnaby pursues
partnerships with other levels of government, non-profit societies, and the
private sector for construction of affordable housing.
principle is referenced in Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP) and the HP.
4. Burnaby is an inclusive
community that serves a diverse population and treats people fairly and with
principle is referenced in the CSP and SSS.
5. Burnaby is committed to
creating and sustaining the best quality of life for the entire community; it
strives to enhance neighbourhood livability and promote compact, complete
principle is referenced in the OCP, HP, CSP, SSS and the RGS.
6. Burnaby promotes a
philosophy of citizenship and participation, and involves residents in
planning the types and location of housing.
principle is referenced in the OCP and SSS.
7. Burnaby supports the
rights of tenants and seeks to minimize the impacts of redevelopment on
is referenced in the Tennant Assistance Policy.
of Reference Guiding Principles:
1. Ensure Burnaby provides
opportunities for persons across all income levels, ages and abilities, to
live and work in the City.
the importance of maintaining a diverse community and create a space where
all are welcome.
that families of all sizes and types and needs have a place in Burnaby.
that new housing will strengthen neighbourhoods, bring people together, and
build an even more sustainable community.
with all levels of government, businesses and the community to achieve
After reviewing the current Housing
Principles, the Task Force was requested to identify additional principles,
not covered by lists provided.
The following principles were ideas
discussed by the Task Force:
land is reserved for public benefit
assets stay public, to benefit the public (broader than just land)
bonuses are provided in exchange for public benefit
to create non-market housing for public benefit (addition for non-market
with United Nations declaration on ‘Housing as a Human Right’
deserves a place to live that is safe, secure and that they can afford
is a home first, not a speculative commodity
definition of housing (to include apartment, etc)
first on the most vulnerable people in the community
and support both tenant and landlord rights
landlords with maintaining housing stock
pursuit of community housing increase green, sustainable building to mitigate
continuum, define the needs of residents – seniors, families (co-housing),
acting on their needs and meeting the diverse needs of the people in Burnaby
that is affordable stays affordable (identified under critical path discussion)