Tom Durning sends around a housing update each week. Here’s an excerpt from this week:
Interesting take on the rate future growth by (Elizabeth) Murphy. She usually uses Vancouver as her ‘whipping boy.’ (I often wonder if even the Vancouver Sun remembers that there are other major municipalities in Metro Vancouver?).
Anyway, she questions future population growth predictions without offering any solutions as to how we can generate accurate predictions now that the Long Form census has been abolished. Can we slow down growth by restricting development? Sounds simplistic to me, especially from a planner.
On the other hand, in seeming contradiction to Ms.Murphy, an article in Business In Vancouver by a prominent realtor says the Fraser Valley is growing too fast! (Is Surrey really part of the Fraser Valley?)
How do we put controls on development without driving prices up even higher? A great part of the in-migration to places like Langley and Mission is from other parts of Canada. Seems more and more of those folks want ‘shovel free’ winters also. Perhaps someone can pin this on Gregor too!