A UBC Housing Action Plan that is, which –I believe– will help improve housing choice and affordability for faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students on the Vancouver campus. Actually, it is still only a discussion paper waiting for your input, before it goes to a final decision by the Board of Governors. We therefore need your help –You present and future UBCers, your children, your parents and your friends– in this final push towards an important milestone in UBC’s relentless march towards the very top of the world’s academic institutions. We invite you to read the Discussion Paper, to learn about the recommended potential housing opportunities and how we developed those options. You may also want to watch the Housing Action Plan video!
The Community Planning Task Group has been gathering feedback and information since April 2011 to help it in the development of these options and opportunities. The process began with a thorough review of UBC’s existing housing programs. Several new options were brought forward for consideration as a result of an assessment of other universities’ and jurisdictions’ housing programs and public input. Faculty, staff, and students have participated actively in three public forums, focus groups, a blog and outreach meetings between April 2011 and March 2012.
Read the Discussion Paper and have your say!
The next phase of public consultation extends from March 20 through April 2, 2012. Visit our Consultation page to participate online or register for a workshop on March 29th. And while you’re at it, you may want to send a little note of appreciation to the folks at Campus and Community Planning for their Herculean efforts on this front over the last eleven month.
Following the close of the consultation period, your input, along with further technical and financial analysis, will help in developing a set of recommended program options to be included in the final housing action plan which will be considered by the Board of Governors in summer 2012.