Following up on the previous post, Victoria (CRD) Development Patterns, let’s take a look at a breakdown of the housing completions within the City of Victoria.
First, looking at housing completions over the last 5 years in the CRD, we see this comparison among the 13 municipalities for ground oriented housing (detached, semi-detached, row townhouse). Victoria has 368 completions of ground oriented housing over the last 5 years.
Now breaking down those 368 Victoria completions by neighbourhood we get the following chart.
This breakdown starts to give us an idea of the recent redevelopment characteristics of each neighbourhood in Victoria for ground oriented housing. The thing to keep in mind with these numbers is that they don’t represent net new housing units. Many of these housing completions were re-builds of existing dwellings.
Leading the way is the grouped neighbourhood of Ross Bay/Gonzales/Rockland with 107 completions of new detached, semi-detached or row housing completions over the last 5 years. Next was the grouped neighbourhood of Fernwood/Jubilee/Oaklands with 78 completions. The next three neighbourhoods, with similar completion numbers, are James Bay, Cook Street (North and South Fairfield) and Vic West.
Switching over to Apartment completions we get a much better idea of net new housing units with these completion numbers by the nature of the housing form. Here’s the Apartment completions for the entire CRD over the last years. Victoria leads the way with 1,673 completions, followed by Langford with 1,070 units and then Saanich with 669 units over the last 5 years.
Now again breaking that City of Victoria line down by neighbourhood we get the following chart.
Not surprisingly we have Downtown leading the way with 811 new units completed over the last 5 years, followed by Vic West with 216, and then Cook Street with 169 new units.
Also noticeable in these results is that the top 2 neighbourhoods for ground oriented redevelopment are in the bottom three neighbourhoods for Apartment development. Various housing forms and appropriate levels of new development are critical in all neighbourhoods. For instance, new housing forms in a neighbourhood can attract downsizing empty nesters, allowing them to stay in their community while freeing up their family homes for new families.