Thursday, July 14, 2022

New map shows housing starts between 2017 and 2021 by neighbourhood in Metro Vancouver, including Langley

The Housing Research Collaborative, run out of the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, recently released an interactive map showing the number of housing starts for all of Canada’s major urban centres. A housing start occurs when construction starts on a building with dwelling units—the map drills down to the neighbourhood level.

Townhouse construction

In Metro Vancouver, between 2017 and 2021, there were 126,133 housing starts. 72% of housing starts were apartments, 15% were detached houses, 11% were rowhouses/townhouses, and 2% were duplexes. About a quarter of the housing starts were in purpose-built rental buildings, and only 27 units were co-op housing.

Screenshot of interactive housing starts map focusing on Langley City. Select map to enlarge.

In Langley City, between 2017 and 2021, there were 1,953 housing starts. 76% of housing starts were apartments, 21% were townhouses/rowhouses, and 3% were detached houses. Only 9% of these units were in purpose-built rental buildings.

One thing to note is that, in Langley City, many strata buildings have the same owner for all strata units, effectively making them rental buildings. They would not show up as purpose-built rental buildings in these stats. Many owners build strata rental buildings to circumvent a Langley City bylaw. The bylaw prevents purpose-built rental buildings from being converted to strata ownership buildings in the future and requires a one-for-one replacement of rental units if a purpose-built rental building is ever redeveloped.

Not surprising to people living in Langley City, the neighbourhood with about 50% of all new housing starts was Brydon.

For more information, please check out the interactive map. I found the information insightful.

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