Land Value Heatmaps for Affordable Housing planning

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We need ongoing online public consultation on affordable housing with consideration for affordable land locations and subsidization options.

Here are examples of property heat maps. Affordable housing needs much more subsidization in the red areas…


 

 

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway beside bike lanes

“Just when you think you’ve seen everything in the transportation world, you encounter something different.”

“At 16 miles, the Cambridge guided busway is the longest one in the world. Bus speeds can reach up to 55 mph.”

 

Greater Victoria E&N alternative: Bring in the buses

This dual-purpose line has been in use in Europe since 1992.  Link to affordable housing (hoses, townhouses and condos) on Greater Victoria’s West Shore.

Vision 2020: Future Announceables: Low Cost Housing Tax credits based on TOD priorities

 

How might we better apply tax credits for investors and developers based on Transit Oriented Development Plan Priorities? Interesting… What areas of MetroVic would have the highest TOD Plan Priorities? Why? Get involved in the discussion in MetroVic Vision2020 Consultation (available thru 🇨🇦PlaceSpeak.com soon 🙂).

http://www.tod.org

 

 

http://www.gao.gov/assets/300/294911.pdf#page62

New Resident-Facing Platform Seeks Public Input, *Minus the Trolls*

 

PlaceSpeak, a location-based civic engagement tool, is designed to prevent interference from bots and trolls that have plagued online discourse as of late.

This platform is called PlaceSpeak, and it is already being used by a wide range of government agencies in both Canada and the United States, in a variety of locales that range from Orange County, Fla., to Vancouver, British Columbia, to Dallas. PlaceSpeak is far from the first to attempt to gauge the opinions of the citizenry online, but what sets it apart is that PlaceSpeak uses tech that identifies users based on locations, ensuring that only residents who live in certain areas can weigh in on the debates relevant to them.

In January, PlaceSpeak started working with the Cowichan Valley Regional District in British Columbia, Canada, and officials there say the rollout has been well received, with an increasing number of users signing on, said Cynthia Lockrey, manager of strategic services for the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Lockrey and her agency have used PlaceSpeak to foster discourse on serious topics such as soil management and bylaws related to dogs, but they’ve also used it to do fun things, asking for lists of favorite places to spend time in the area. In the past six months, they’ve seen about 1,200 residents of their community of 80,000 sign up and use the platform.

This is a stark contrast from local in-person meetings — meetings that required staff and resources — which have sometimes drawn as few as six community members.

Lockrey has worked hard to foster use of PlaceSpeak by going to the local swimming pool on the weekend and personally telling people about it. She and her staff have also done outreach at farmer’s markets, in the newspaper, all over social media and in a number of other places.

“This is not just about the technology,” Lockrey said. “It’s about the people.”

PlaceSpeak officials say the company has greatly benefited from working with SAP’s Startup Focus, a driving force behind the SentiMap technology the platform uses.