Burnaby City Councillor Nick Volkow says his city seems to be the flavor of the month when it comes to looking at the issue of housing in the region.
The city has been in the spotlight for so called ‘demovictions’ from area residents for some time now.
Facing scrutiny to improve rental stock being replaced by high rises, Volkow says implementing a moratorium policy on demolitions would be one of the first steps.
But there are legal hurdles.
“As far as moratoriums, we have been told, time and again, that legally we do not have the legal tools to deny people to demolish their property.”
Volkow points at city bylaws.
“The ability of people to do what they can within the legal requirements for zoning bylaws trumps everything.”
Volkow says city staff are also looking at ways to implement incentives for developers to include rental stock in new buildings.
He says he can’t give any specifics right now because ideas are premature.