We heard clearly in the first phase of consultation that housing affordability is a key challenge and housing options for the UBC community of faculty, staff and students is a priority. We also heard that quality is important and that new housing must be highly livable and sustainable and supportive of a strong and inclusive community.
We know that:
- Affordability is a major barrier to faculty, staff, and student recruitment and retention
- Land is scarce and construction costs throughout the region are high
- Stadium Neighbourhood is a small site and there are limits to what can be done
- Simple and efficient design (and woodframe construction) is cheaper and more sustainable
- There is support for access over ownership, including rental housing and shared amenities
In Stadium Neighbourhood, we will aim to:
- Prioritize well-designed and cost-effective midrise buildings for faculty/staff and rental housing
- Leverage higher-value leasehold property to finance site development and improve affordability
- Exceed Housing Action Plan targets for rental housing
- Consider shared amenities at the building and neighbourhood scale
- Reduce life-cycle costs through sustainable design practices
Simple, efficient building forms and wood construction (for up to six storey buildings).
Smart use of land (i.e., smaller front setbacks in exchange for more courtyard space).
Strategic allocation of amenity space between the unit, building and the block
Housing Action Plan
UBC’s Housing Action Plan commits that up to 30% of the Stadium Neighbourhood housing will be rental, 2/3 of which is below-market faculty/staff rental. The Neighbourhood Plan process is exploring increasing that target to 40%, delivering more units of faculty and staff rental, and other rental housing for the entire UBC community, including students.