Affordable housing, new city hall among City of Armstrong priorities for 2021

Armstrong lists priorities

Affordable housing tops the list of priorities in the City of Armstrong's 2021-25 strategic plan.

The newly drafted plan, to be considered by council on Monday, lists affordable housing as the community's No. 1 objective.

Council intends to work with a housing society to provide affordable rental units and affordable housing for homeownership, the report states.

A housing needs strategy completed in 2020 with the Regional District of North Okanagan found there is a shortage of more than 1,000 affordable homes in the region.

The report noted a shortage of accommodation under $500 per month designated for individuals and families with incomes of less than $20,000 a year.

Armstrong's No. 2 priority is economic development.

Included under that umbrella are an update to the Official Community Plan, implementation of a business recovery program, and continued work on the Armstrong to Sicamous Rail Trail, with a focus on connectivity into the city.

Civic facilities and a new city hall are third on the priority list.

The current city hall is in a 100-year-old building that is past its prime. Concept drawings for a new building have been done, but the project has not yet gone to tender. That will be contingent on Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure grant funding outcomes, the report notes.

More Vernon News