The first students are anticipated to move in in September 2024.
Residents can complete a short online survey to help council better understand where people would like to see funds spent.
“I find it unacceptable that the City of Parksville has been kept in the dark about the decision to locate emergency shelters in Parksville that inevitably require staff coordination with emergency services,” said Coun. Marilyn Wilson.
The typical assessed value of a Parksville single-family residential property increased by 34 per cent over the last year.
The shelter hosted by Knox United Church, in partnership with BC Housing, was planned to remain open until Jan. 10, but closed earlier this week.
B.C. seniors at risk of homelessness will get some help finding housing and other vital mental health supports, thanks to a provincial investment.
One proposed amendment would remove the default requirement for local governments to hold public hearings for zoning bylaw amendments that are consistent with the official community plan.
Council discussed the issue after receiving a letter from the Parksville Downtown Business Association (PDBA) that expressed concerns about the change.
“COVID-19 has laid bare the cracks in Canada’s social and economic systems,” said Leilani Farha. “It has amplified the housing crisis and exposed it as a human rights crisis. Now, more than ever, access to adequate, secure and affordable housing is a matter of life and death.”
“On behalf of Nanaimo city council, we are pleased to be receiving provincial support to update our housing needs assessment,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog.

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