Housing Initiatives

There is an identified discrepancy between the housing stock in the region and the type of housing that is in demand. Reports over the past several years have suggested that the housing stock is primarily large single family homes and buildings that are in a state of significant disrepair. There is also a reported demand for smaller homes and properties across a number of demographics. 

In response to these reports, City Council has included a Housing Initiative in the 2019 Strategic Plan. This includes creating a secondary suite policy, developing a Minimum Rental Standards Bylaw, and complete a Needs Assessment, Gap Analysis and Action Plan.

Minimum Rental Standards

Council has given first reading to the Minimum Rental Standards Bylaw 1870 that would increase the standards of residential rental properties. A standards of maintenance bylaw provides local government with the ability to assist tenants who live in unsafe and unhealthy accommodation due to poor building maintenance. 

The proposed Minimum Rental Standards bylaw will be a proactive bylaw that will seek to identify clearly derelict rental properties to improve the quality and livability standards within the rental market in Quesnel. A policy is also being developed to assist staff with processing community member's complaints. This policy will be brought to a future Policy and Bylaw Committee meeting for review with recommendation(s) to Council for consideration. The policy will proceed to Council with the next readings of the bylaw.

Public Input

The City is currently asking for public input of the proposed Minimum Rental Standards Bylaw 1870 by emailing developmentservices@quesnel.ca.

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