Gabriola Housing Society

Working for affordable housing on Gabriola

Welcome

Gabriola Housing Society respectfully acknowledges that we live and work on lands that are part of Snuneymuxw First Nation territory. We are grateful to the Nation for their traditional stewardship of these lands.

Gabriola Housing Society is a non-profit, registered charity. Our vision is:
Affordable, comfortable, secure rental housing for Gabriolans of all ages who have low to moderate incomes.

Read about our proposed building site at Paisley Place. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions on our FAQ page. If you have questions or concerns please use our contact information at the bottom of this page.

News Update—October 2022

Rezoning completed

On June 16 the Local Trust Committee adopted the three bylaws required to rezone Lots 1 and 2, north and east of Paisley Place for affordable rental housing for people with low to moderate incomes. The bylaws are #306 (Official Community Plan); #307 (Land Use Bylaw); and #308 (Housing Agreement Bylaw). On August 18, 2022, Housing Agreement Bylaw #308 was registered as a covenant on the property titles of our Paisley Place Lots 1 and 2.

On October 27, at their regular meeting, the LTC approved GHS’s application for a Building Development Permit (OCP Development Permit Area #11: Environmental Protection) and a Development Variance Permit for Paisley Place Lots 1 and 2.

Public walking trails

A trail licence with GaLTT is pending to allow continued public walking access through Lot 1 of our Paisley Place property and connecting to the RDN trail from the end of Lochinvar Lane to the clinic. Discussions are also underway (with GaLTT support) with RDN through POSAC to improve and clarify public trail connections through neighbouring Paisley Park and its panhandle.

Ongoing work

Meanwhile, the generous anonymous donation received earlier in the spring is allowing our engineering and architectural design work to continue to the shovel ready stage. At recent meetings we discussed designs for the common building at the heart of the development.

In January, BC Housing announced on their website that invitations to apply for the next round of Community Housing Funding will occur some time in the next 24 months. When we apply, our success is much more likely if we have our IT rezoning completed and our site planning at the “shovel ready” stage. In the meantime we count on YOUR continued financial and community support. Thank you!

For more information about BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund:
https://www.bchousing.org/projects-partners/Building-BC/CHF

You Can Help Us

One of the best ways you can help is to make a tax-deductible donation. GHS is a registered charity. Use our Canada Helps website form button to make your donation—they will issue your tax receipt. Or you can send an e-transfer to gabriolahousingsociety@gmail.com or cheque directly to GHS.

Did you know you can receive Gabriola Housing Society (GHS) membership for only $5?

Your membership entitles you to vote at Annual and Special General Meetings, and you will receive GHS news directly by email. You will also know that you are helping to build more affordable and secure housing on Gabriola.

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