New tools to build social connection in multi-unit housing

New tools to build social connection in multi-unit housing

As government officials look to ramp up housing supply, planners from six Metro Vancouver jurisdictions work together on new policy and a toolkit to share with others. Learn more at a PlanH webinar on April 3.

Municipalities, the Province and developers are working hard to speed up the delivery of housing supply across the Province. Much of this new supply will be in the form of multi-unit housing. 

It is crucial to ensure that the next generation of multi-unit housing promotes a sense of community, encourages social connections among neighbours and provides robust support for aging individuals.

Six jurisdictions in Metro Vancouver have joined a multi-sectoral effort – with support from Hey Neighbour Collective and Happy Cities – to co-create new policy to guide the design of socially connected, inclusive, age-friendly buildings – without sacrificing affordability and environmental performance.

BC Healthy Communities awarded the City of North Vancouver with a 2023 PlanH Healthy Public Policy grant to support the project.

Join us at 11 am on April 3, 2024, for a PlanH webinar with City of North Vancouver Mayor Linda Buchanan and consultants Madeleine Hebert from Happy Cities and Michelle Hoar from Hey Neighbour Collective. They will discuss their multi-phased policy-making collaboration with five other Metro Vancouver jurisdictions. They will also share best practices from an upcoming toolkit that will be available to local governments across Canada.  

We will also be joined by local real estate developer Carla Guerrera, CEO and founder of Purpose Driven Development, who is a leader in the space of sociably designed housing.

Please come ready with questions for all presenters.

Takeaways or outcomes:

  • How to increase social equity and connection in multi-unit residential buildings through better design
  • What local governments can do to guide inclusive, sociable design while preserving affordability 

Qualifies as 1.5 CPL credits through PIBC.

Speaker bios

11:00 am Connie – Introductions and overview of the City of North Vancouver PlanH Project
11:07 amMichelle – Introduce the project for five minutes (HNC overview, Metro policy window, project overview, where it’s going)
11:12 amMadeleine – Discuss design principles, examples and highlights from North Vancouver research
11:22 amCarla – 10 minutes on how Purpose Driven Development amplifies: Delivery of affordable housing; Social equity in housing; Expediting processes and working with municipalities.
Carla will demonstrate these approaches through the “Housing By Women For Women” project.
11:32 amQ&A – Mayor Linda Buchanan joins the panel
11:55 am Connie – Wrap up, Survey and Calls to Action
12 noonclose