Banff Avenue Affordable Housing Development

Banff’s next affordable housing development will be a price-restricted home ownership project on Banff Avenue. Council directed administration to prepare a detailed scope of work report on the construction of about 20-25 entry-level units at 338/340 Banff Avenue.

A 2018 survey (with 501 respondents) showed 74% were currently renting and looking to enter the home ownership market, and 40% considered it extremely important to buy in the next two to four years. In that same survey, 82% said they have considered leaving Banff to purchase a home.

The recent Bow Valley Regional Housing Needs study estimated that 513 affordable housing units would be required in Banff by 2027.

Banff Avenue Housing Location

The two plots of land on Banff Avenue were purchased by the Banff Housing Corporation in December 2013 for the purposes of a future housing development. 

Design/Build Teams

If you would like to receive information regarding the Expression of Interest (EOI) and Request for Proposals (RFP) for the future build, please email your name, company name, and contact details to mamiko.kawano@banff.ca and request to be added to list for the Banff Avenue Development. You can also register for bid notifications at banff.ca/bids. (Please note that the timeline for this project has not yet been finalized.)

Preliminary Information

Preliminary unit estimates for the project (subject to change):

  • 30% to be 1 bedroom (600 square feet) units
  • 60% to be 1 bedroom + loft/den or 2 bedroom (850 square feet) units
  • 10% to be 3 bedroom (1,000 square feet) units 
  • At least one accessible unit for people with mobility limitations 
  • All units will have personal amenity space (balconies). Other amenity space will be dedicated to communal outdoor space, such as picnic/BBQ areas, playground and outdoor seating areas. 
  • An estimated 20-25 units could be constructed
  • Costs would be recovered through the sale of units
  • Units would be price restricted below market sale price

Tentative milestones for the project are:

  • November/December 2019 - Expression of Interest- Architects and Builders to be shortlisted
  • February/March 2020 - Design Development Process 
  • April 2020 - Council to approve costing for development
  • April/May 2020 environmental Screening, Development Permit application 
  • July 2020 – Municipal Planning Commission review 
  • October 2020 – Building permit issued and start of construction

Buying a Home

As with previous Banff Housing Corporation price-restricted home ownership projects, units would be pre-sold to eligible buyers. Currently, there are over 200 people on the list to purchase Banff Housing Corporation homes. 

With a price-restricted purchase model, the Town would retain an equity component on each units.

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