Housing can’t trump workspace, city managers say

From Western Investor:

Maintaining a balance between office and residential space is crucial, according to a panel of Metro Vancouver city managers. They emphasize that while there is a housing crisis, sacrificing office space for housing may not be the best solution. The need for both housing and employment opportunities is essential as the region continues to welcome more people.

The panel highlights the importance of working close to home to address affordability challenges and reduce transportation infrastructure implications. The managers emphasize the need to preserve job space strategically throughout the region to ensure long-term viability.

Each municipality may have different requirements based on their unique realities, with discussions conducted on a project-by-project basis. The goal is to strike a balance between residential and commercial developments to meet the needs of the community and avoid potential future limitations on office space availability.