It is anticipated that the demand for affordable housing that meets the needs of a variety of Comox residents will increase.
Newer, small lot zones can help to meet the growing demand for small single-family dwellings suitable for families. The R3.2 and R4.1 zones [link to R3.2 and R4.1 brochure] permits lot sizes as small as 350 m2, which reduces the per-lot infrastructure costs in new subdivisions. In addition, small lot zones:
- Provide wider housing choice within the same community;
- Allow downsizing or upsizing within the same community; and,
- Present opportunities for infill and more efficient use of land within established neighbourhoods, while retaining the existing character homes.
The Town’s Affordable Housing Council Policy seeks contributions to the Town’s affordable housing fund from rezoning applications which create four or more new lots or units. The purpose of this policy is to direct developer contributions collected under the policy towards either the acquisition of units owned by the Town and managed by a non-profit housing provider or to provide funds to non-profit housing providers in a partnership for the provision of affordable housing.