Housing and Strategy Committee

The Housing and Strategy Committee is a Select Committee of Council


Each term, Council establishes priorities to steward the community towards this vision. For the 2022-2026 term, Council identified Housing as a priority. To help advance on this priority, a Housing and Strategy Select Committee of Council (HAS or Committee) is being introduced.

The primary aims of Committees of Council are to:

  • focus on high-level policy and strategy;
  • advance Council priorities;
  • provide advice and recommendations to Council;
  • help solve complex problems through collaboration;
  • engage subject-matter experts; and
  • collect community perspective.

The Committee acts in an advisory capacity by providing advice and recommendations to Council and staff on a current policy and strategic initiatives.

Terms of Reference


The purpose of the Committee is to advise RMOW staff and Council on matters related to housing and long-term strategic planning.

Specifically, the Committee supports and advises on proposed housing and strategy policy such as:

  • providing strategic input to considerations for affordable and employee housing;
  • providing strategic input to proposed policy (OCP and applicable policies and bylaws);
  • providing guidance to the development of the long-term housing strategy;
  • providing strategic input into the Housing Action Plan, including the prioritization of housing action items, and considerations and thinking around implications of housing action items;
  • high level strategic development; an
  • review of larger Master Plan Projects.


The Committee includes 12 voting members as follows:

  • Mayor
  • Two members of Council
  • RMOW Chief Administrative Officer
  • RMOW General Manager Climate Action Planning and Development Services
  • Six Members-at-Large each with expertise in at least one of the following areas:
    • strategic thinking and policy analysis
    • local housing policies and strategies including affordable housing and housing programs
    • economics
    • local housing market trends, property values, and rental rates
    • property management
    • construction industry
    • involvement in local community with a deep understanding of current and future community housing needs and current gaps in housing

The Committee also includes two non-voting members as follows:

  • RMOW Recording Secretary
  • RMOW Planning Director, Staff Liaison

Meeting schedule

To Be Determined

Meeting agendas and minutes

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