Have Your Say: Missing Middle Housing

 

You're invited to have your say on the Missing Middle Housing Initiative.

In response to an earlier round of community engagement and technical analysis, the City of Victoria is now looking for broad community feedback on how to make it easier to build alternatives to single-family homes. 

The Missing Middle Housing initiative is about creating housing choices in between single-family homes and mid to high-rise condos, such as houseplexes (duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, fiveplexes and sixplexes) and corner townhouses. It also could include opportunities to conserve homes with heritage merit by allowing new homes to be built in some of these backyards.

We are all familiar with homes like these, but they’ve come to be known as Missing Middle housing because they are rarely built these days.   Missing Middle housing only accounts for five per cent of new home construction in the city, with apartments, condos and detached houses making up the other 95 per cent.

 

Opening the door to building more Missing Middle housing is one important solution to the current housing crisis. Census data shows Victoria continues to lose young families as their housing needs evolve. And it’s not just young families who benefit. There are many others looking for housing options because single family homes are expensive – just over a million dollars on average in Victoria – or because they might want access to more outdoor space, sometimes lacking in apartments and condos.  

 

Have Your Say 

The City of Victoria is now looking for input to help navigate these important choices and trade-offs. 

Visit engage.victoria.ca to learn more and share your feedback through our online Open House and survey or RSVP to participate in an Ask a Planner session. 
 

“Ask a Planner” Online Sessions: 

  • Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, November 3, noon – 1:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, November 9, 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. 

  

For more information: engage.victoria.ca