B.C. circumvents legal action to push build of controversial Arbutus housing project

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Cheryl Grant of Kitsilano Coalition: “It is unprecedented, and every citizen in B.C. should be concerned about this.”

The B.C. government announced Tuesday that it will introduce legislative amendments via the Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act to ensure a controversial Vancouver housing project geared to a mix of homeless people and low-income residents will get built despite pending legal action. In July 2022, the Vancouver council voted 8-3 to approve a 13-story, 129-unit social housing tower on a piece of city property in Kitsilano that will cost $64 million to build. BC Housing is paying for construction and operating costs. Four months after the council vote, the Kitsilano Coalition said it was seeking a judicial review of the council’s decision. The coalition’s argument targeted the public hearing process, restrictions on questions during the hearing, and concerns that the city did not release enough information regarding the project.

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