Trouble in paradise: An exploration of housing on Hornby Island

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Chezenko, Sadie
Across British Columbia, housing is becoming less available and less affordable. Nestled in the Salish Sea within the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, Hornby Island is no exception. With 1104 dwellings and 1016 residents, one might be surprised to learn that this community is experiencing a housing crisis. The present conditions are the result of various factors including the island’s desirability as a tourist destination and the land use planning authorities’ mandate. While many communities are scrambling to increase their supply and diversity of housing, Hornby Island’s policy and regulatory framework largely prohibits further development. High demand from non-residents means that local incomes no longer afford local homes. The result is a community with decreasing resiliency that cannot safely, adequately, or affordably house its residents. This research explores the island’s current housing needs, why those needs are not being met, and what can be done to address these needs.
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