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The City of Kelowna’s planning director says many of the initiatives laid out in the B.C. government’s recently announced multi-billion dollar housing plan are already in play in the city.
On Monday, the provincial government announced its Homes for People plan, which commits $4 billion over three years and $12 billion over a decade with incentives to build, laws to curb speculation and financial help for renters and homeowners.
Part of the province’s plan looks to spur the development of more townhomes, duplexes and triplexes through zoning changes.
Ryan Smith, divisional director of planning and development services, said the plan is largely a “repackaging” of measures the province had already committed to, along with “things that we’re already doing in Kelowna — and encouraged the government to do.”
“Suites and carriage houses have been permitted since the early 2000’s. The pre-zoning for missing middle [housing] is