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Bamfield Housing Needs Report

On July 28, 2021, the Regional Board received the Bamfield Housing Needs Report (link to PDF). Refer to the staff report to the Board (link to PDF) and presentation (link to presentation) for more information.

The Bamfield Housing Needs Report (HNR) was developed by a project team of staff from the ACRD, Vancouver Island University's Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, and RFT Planning and GIS Services. The report was completed through quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, a number of community engagement initiatives such as an online survey (where the project team heard from almost half of the population of Bamfield), a number of focus group meetings with community members, and a meeting with the Bamfield Advisory Planning Commission. Data analysis and community input revealed a number of key data findings and housing issues that are included throughout the HNR.

This HNR identifies what kind of housing is most needed in Bamfield over the next five years, to ensure that local plans, policies, and development decisions can reflect these needs. The upcoming Bamfield Official Community Plan update and current ACRD Zoning Bylaw update are examples of important documents with policies that will be informed by the results of the HNR.

The following five strategies have been proposed to address the housing gaps anticipated for the next five years and beyond in Bamfield:
  • Strategy 1: Strengthen policies and regulations to remove barriers to housing and prioritize needed housing types
  • Strategy 2: Increase grassroots data collection, and communicate housing needs and success stories
  • Strategy 3: Develop and strengthen partnerships and coordinate collaboration
  • Strategy 4: Create a housing strategy and action plan
  • Strategy 5: Complete ongoing monitoring of housing supply and demand
Please contact the ACRD Planning Department if you have any comments or questions: