Municipal Housing Strategy - Community Engagement

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Thanks for participating in this phase of engagement activities related to the Municipal Housing Strategy. Final reports by the consultant have been completed and were reviewed by Council at the July 27 meeting.

Copies of the reports submitted are available here:

In addition to the community engagement, the recommendations report also reflects research the consultant did about how other cities address housing topics like those identified in the Municipal Housing Strategy. The recommendations in the report are being reviewed by administration and will inform discussions and engagement related to policies of the Municipal Development Plan and subsequent corresponding changes to the Land Use Bylaw after the Municipal Development Plan is adopted. To follow and be involved in the Municipal Development Plan project, please visit its project page.

This round of community engagement related to the Municipal Housing Strategy is now complete, and the page will be archived at the end of October (it will still be available for public review by selecting Archived under the listing of Our Projects). It may become active again in the future as the City conducts additional engagement on the Strategy.



* Thank you for the great questions during our webinar! *

Click here for a copy of the slides.

A recording of the webinar is posted in the Documents section (bottom right) of the page.

Click here for a listing of Frequently Asked Questions.


Like many communities in Alberta, Lethbridge is experiencing housing pressures due to changing demographics and market trends. As our community changes, our housing needs change too. Together we will look for housing solutions that are more resilient for the times.

We're engaging with residents to gather feedback regarding several key short-term goals that were identified in the Implementation Plan. The City wants to understand the level of awareness and support, and perspectives and concerns among the public.

The feedback gathered will be used to inform updates to the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan, which will result in achieving several of the short-term goals identified in the Implementation Plan. Engaging with Lethbridge residents on the Housing Strategy recommendations is critical to ensure that changes to these guiding policies are as reflective as possible of residents’ needs and preferences.

Background

On May 28, 2018, City Council established a task force to lead the development of a Municipal Housing Strategy and Implementation Plan for Lethbridge that addresses the full spectrum of housing needs in our community. In 2019, the City of Lethbridge completed a Housing Needs Assessment as part of the development of a Municipal Housing Strategy and Implementation Plan to address housing needs over the next five years. This strategy, finalized in 2019, provides a clear roadmap to fill housing gaps and guides the City in leveraging and allocating resources to projects that are strategic in meeting the needs of all residents, especially priority groups.

The Implementation Plan proposes a series of short- and medium-term goals in a number of priority areas, such as developing opportunities and targets for supportive housing and housing which is affordable to households with low to moderate incomes, expanding housing choice in low-density residential districts, and protecting existing rental housing.


Thanks for participating in this phase of engagement activities related to the Municipal Housing Strategy. Final reports by the consultant have been completed and were reviewed by Council at the July 27 meeting.

Copies of the reports submitted are available here:

In addition to the community engagement, the recommendations report also reflects research the consultant did about how other cities address housing topics like those identified in the Municipal Housing Strategy. The recommendations in the report are being reviewed by administration and will inform discussions and engagement related to policies of the Municipal Development Plan and subsequent corresponding changes to the Land Use Bylaw after the Municipal Development Plan is adopted. To follow and be involved in the Municipal Development Plan project, please visit its project page.

This round of community engagement related to the Municipal Housing Strategy is now complete, and the page will be archived at the end of October (it will still be available for public review by selecting Archived under the listing of Our Projects). It may become active again in the future as the City conducts additional engagement on the Strategy.



* Thank you for the great questions during our webinar! *

Click here for a copy of the slides.

A recording of the webinar is posted in the Documents section (bottom right) of the page.

Click here for a listing of Frequently Asked Questions.


Like many communities in Alberta, Lethbridge is experiencing housing pressures due to changing demographics and market trends. As our community changes, our housing needs change too. Together we will look for housing solutions that are more resilient for the times.

We're engaging with residents to gather feedback regarding several key short-term goals that were identified in the Implementation Plan. The City wants to understand the level of awareness and support, and perspectives and concerns among the public.

The feedback gathered will be used to inform updates to the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan, which will result in achieving several of the short-term goals identified in the Implementation Plan. Engaging with Lethbridge residents on the Housing Strategy recommendations is critical to ensure that changes to these guiding policies are as reflective as possible of residents’ needs and preferences.

Background

On May 28, 2018, City Council established a task force to lead the development of a Municipal Housing Strategy and Implementation Plan for Lethbridge that addresses the full spectrum of housing needs in our community. In 2019, the City of Lethbridge completed a Housing Needs Assessment as part of the development of a Municipal Housing Strategy and Implementation Plan to address housing needs over the next five years. This strategy, finalized in 2019, provides a clear roadmap to fill housing gaps and guides the City in leveraging and allocating resources to projects that are strategic in meeting the needs of all residents, especially priority groups.

The Implementation Plan proposes a series of short- and medium-term goals in a number of priority areas, such as developing opportunities and targets for supportive housing and housing which is affordable to households with low to moderate incomes, expanding housing choice in low-density residential districts, and protecting existing rental housing.


  • New online engagement tools are active!

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    20 Apr 2020
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    From now until May 3, tell us what you think about

    Ways to participate include:

    • Fill out our online survey.
    • Share an image of housing you like using the Ideas tool.
    • Ask a question in our Q & A forum.
    • Join us for a webinar on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 7-8 pm. For details, click here.
  • Join us for a live webinar on Thursday, April 30 from 7 - 8 pm!

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    On Thursday, April 30, 2020, we'll be hosting a live webinar to discuss the Housing Strategy and Implementation Plan. We'll provide a short presentation followed by an opportunity to ask questions regarding the project. A recording of the webinar will be available on this site on May 1.

    Click here to register!

  • City seeking feedback on housing strategy recommendations

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    14 Apr 2020

    Similar to many communities in Alberta, the City of Lethbridge is experiencing housing pressures due to changing demographics and market trends.

    In 2019, the City of Lethbridge completed a housing needs assessment as part of the development of a Municipal Housing Strategy and Implementation Plan to address housing needs over the next five years.

    The Implementation Plan proposes a series of short- and medium-term goals in a number of priority areas, such as developing opportunities and targets for supportive housing and housing which is affordable to households with low to moderate incomes, expanding housing choice in low-density residential districts, and protecting existing rental housing.

    “We know that more supportive and affordable housing is needed and generally supported, but we want to explore what that may look like by engaging with Lethbridge residents,” said Maureen Gaehring, Manager of Planning & Development for the City.

    A phone survey from March 25 to April 8 and online engagement from April 20 to May 3 will provide residents an opportunity to provide feedback regarding potential changes to the Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw to support the implementation of the Municipal Housing Strategy.

    The City wants to understand the level of awareness and support, and perspectives and concerns among the public. Engaging with residents on the housing recommendations is critical to ensure that changes to the Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw are reflective of residents’ needs and preferences.

    Gaehring added, “Residents are encouraged to participate in the engagement process to help shape how the Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw will be updated to support the implementation of the short-term housing goals.”

  • New online engagement activities coming April 20, 2020!

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    14 Apr 2020

    Check back on April 20, 2020 for activities under the following headings:

    • Ideas
    • Q&A
    • Surveys

    Details about an upcoming webinar will also be available at that time.