You might recall that Vision’s majority decided that $1,450/month was an “affordable” price for a tiny studio apartment.
In response to West End Neighbours (WEN) lawsuit against Vancouver City Council’s Rental100 program of giveaways to developers, the City changed the By-Law just slightly — to give developers even more say in what constitutes “affordable”. This bizarre event has caused WEN to push forward with their lawsuit, which I cover in more detail elsewhere.
As WEN Director, Virginia Richards said, “The City isn’t helping renters. It’s helping developers. “Affordable rental housing” is basically whatever City staff and developers say it is.”