Forum lauds suites as affordable option

Ladysmith needs more affordable housing options and secondary suites are just the ticket — at least that was the argument made at the second session on legalizing secondary suites in town.

“We’re talking about secondary suites as low-cost housing options,” said Linda Allen, a planner with CitySpaces, the firm hired to work with the town on the issue.

B.C.’s housing guidelines state affordable housing is when a person spends 30 per cent or less of their income on a place to live.

“What’s affordable depends on the income level,” Allen explained.

“A single parent with two kids renting a one-bedroom suite, that’s very tough,” she said.

“That’s considered to be living in unaffordable housing.”

Allen said Ladysmith does need more rental options.

“We need rental stock here for so many reasons,” she said, adding rental supply has increased. “Certainly in terms of people’s living experiences change and labour mobility.”

She said one of the problems is Ladysmith has very little purpose-built rental stock.

“Investors just aren’t interested in building them in Ladysmith.”

She said secondary suites are generally less expensive than building apartment and condo buildings.

“It’s more affordable because there’s no land cost, the structural systems are in place, there’s surface parking and fewer amenities,” she said.

She said secondary suites help keep rental costs down for renters and help homeowners supplement their income.

“First time homebuyers often are looking to have additional income to help in the early years of  paying off a mortgage,” she said. “They also provide supplementary income for seniors on a fixed income.”

She said snowbirds also like the security of having someone there while out of the country.

The secondary suites consultation series began Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at Ecole Davis Road School.

The second session was Wednesday, April 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frank Jameson Community Centre Program Room.

The final forum, Secondary Suites, Different Shapes and Sizes, is April 20  from 7 to 9 p.m. at Aggie Hall.

For more information call the town’s development services department at 250-245-6405.

Just Posted

Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley was passed up for a cabinet position by Premier John Horgan. (Photo submitted)
Op-Ed: Modernizing forestry and prioritizing reconciliation

Doug Routley writes on Fairy Creek and Central Walbran Valley old growth deferrals

The log retaining wall that supports the access road to the Ladysmith Community Marina is failing and needs to be replaced. (Cole Schisler photo)
Remediation work for community marina access road expected to be costly

A log retaining wall between the access road and the parking area is failing and must be replaced

Marine biologist Rick Harbo pulls a lid from the Ladysmith harbour, which he uses to monitor the presence of native and non-native species in the Ladysmith harbour. (Cole Schisler photo)
Unidentified sponge may be the latest marine species invading Ladysmith Harbour

Marine biologist finding dozens of alien species in warm-water harbour, none of them threatening

More and more graffiti has appeared in Ladysmith’s downtown core during the pandemic. (Cole Schisler photo)
Council creates rebate program to encourage graffiti clean up

Property owners can receive up to $50 to help fund graffiti removal

Rick Ruppenthal of Saltair will host a 12-hour talk-a-thon Friday, June 18 over Facebook live. (Photo submitted)
Talk-a-thon to focus on men’s mental health issues

Saltair man spearheading a campaign to generate more conversation during fundraiser

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

BC Ferries’ newest Island Class vessel is experiencing an issue with one of its thrusters off the Algerian coast. Photo courtesy
BC Ferries newest vessel having mechanical issues in Mediterranean

Island 4 will be repaired in Spain before crossing Atlantic

Most Read