Category Archives: Development

Victoria Communities Shaping Their Neighbourhood’s Future

The ECOreport reposts news from Vancouver Island, Victoria Communities Shaping Their Neighbourhood’s Future

Press Release from the City of Victoria

VICTORIA, BC — Residents and business owners in Burnside Gorge, Fairfield, Gonzales and Victoria West are helping to plan their neighbourhoods. A 25-year neighbourhood plan is being created for each of these communities that will reflect the neighbours hopes and aspirations for their area.

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Accretive Investments vs Concerned San Diego Residents

The ECOreport reposts a news release from a citizens group forced to defend its’ statement of facts, Accretive Investments vs Concerned San Diego Residents

Press release from  residents opposing Measure B

San Diego – The San Diego Superior Court held an initial hearing this morning in response to a lawsuit brought by Accretive Investments against leading San Diego County residents who signed ballot arguments opposing Measure B. The measure, which will appear on the November ballot, seeks voter approval of the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch development. Accretive Investments placed the measure on the ballot after failing to secure approval for the project from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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2015/16: A Milestone Year For Vancouver

The ECOreport reposts an announcement of goals achieved, a milestone year for Vancouver

Press release from the Mayor of Vancouver

This has been a milestone year for Vancouver becoming the greenest in the world by 2020, through our Greenest City Action Plan. In 2016, we’ve achieved:
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Getting Young People To Invest In Toronto’s Future

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about commitment, Getting Young People To Invest In Toronto’s Future

Originally Published on U of T News

Ten young people, one big challenge: get their generation to play a part in Toronto’s future.

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Cleaning Up Brownfield Sites Benefits Property Values

The ECOreport reposts a study demonstrating that cleaning up brownfield sites benefits property values

the London School of Economics United States Policy and Politics blog via NC State News

By Laura Taylor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates over 450,000 properties are environmentally contaminated to such a degree that reuse or redevelopment of the property is likely to be hindered. Although the vast majority of these so-called “brownfields” are privately owned commercial and industrial properties, cleanup costs are often borne partially or wholly by the public sector.

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Municipal Regulations Impact House Prices

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED arguing that municipal regulations impact house prices

Originally Published on the Fraser Insitute

By Kenneth P. Green, Josef Filipowicz, Steve Lafleur & Ian Herzog

As Canadians continue to converge on urban centres and concerns about the affordability of housing grow, it is crucial to understand why the country’s major housing markets have seen such dramatic growth in prices. This study presents evidence that the regulation of residential development restricts the housing supply, encouraging the growth of prices and distorting local economies.

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Taxing Vancouver’s Empty Homes

The ECOreport looks at a partial solution to the housing crises, taxing Vancouver’s empty homes

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMVancouver’s real estate values have skyrocketed 280% since 1986, while wages have only increased 7%. A new report shows the affordability crises impacts both renters and homeowners. The average westside home was selling for $1.4 million last May. Though 10,800 housing units have been empty for more than a year, 1 only about 337 available as rentals. 2 This suggests that speculators own many of the vacant units. City staff recommend taxing Vancouver’s empty homes.

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  1. Policy & Regulatory Steps for Reducing Empty Housing, City of Vancouver Administrative Report, June 16, 2016, p 2
  2. ibid, p 3

Interacting With Nature In Urban Areas

The ECOreport reposts a Q&A about the importance of interacting with nature in urban areas

Originally Published on UW Today

by Michelle Ma

University of Washington professor Peter Kahn recently co-authored an opinion piece in the journal Science about the importance of interacting with nature in urban areas. UW Today asked Kahn a few more questions about the broader implications of his work. Read about the Science piece here.

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Portland’s Zombie Homes

The ECOreport reposts the  press release following Mayor Charles Hales’ tour of five of Portland’s Zombie Homes 

Originally Published on City of Portland

Mayor Charlie Hales hosted a tour of five abandoned and distressed properties, also known as ‪”zombie homes.” Upward of 430 vacant, abandoned, distressed homes plague the city; the tour discussed the public safety issues that stem from them, and the mayor’s new tools to address them.

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Official Launch Of Vancouver’s Community Land Trust

The ECOreport reposts an announcement of the Official Launch Of Vancouver’s Community Land Trust

Press Release from the Mayor of Vancouver

Today marked the official launch of the Community Land Trust, the first project of its kind in Vancouver to develop much-needed new affordable housing in the city. The Community Land Trust is an innovative partnership between the City of Vancouver, the provincial and federal governments, and the co-op and non-profit housing sector created solely for the purpose of delivering below market rate rental and co-op homes.

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