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Gold River Opens 5 Acres for Family Homes

Even tiny Gold River is feeling the housing crunch

Why live in the city when you could live in a postcard?

The tiny, beautiful town of Gold River is about to get a little bit bigger.

Roughly 1,200 people live in Gold River. The town was shrinking five years ago. People were leaving to find jobs in bigger places.

But ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, places like Gold River have looked pretty hot.

Mayor Brad Unger told the Campbell River Mirror, “there isn’t a day that goes by, either on social media or through real estate, people are looking to rent or buy.”

But the town just doesn’t have enough houses.

So on September 20, the village council voted to open about 5 acres of land for multi-family home development east of Conuma Drive. The land should support about 40 or 50 housing units.

It’ll be up to the developer to decide what the neighbourhood will look like, but they’ll have to follow Gold River’s bylaws.

The next step is to open a call for interested developers. After that, hopefuls will have to pitch to the village council to see who gets to build.

“It is for sale for the developer to develop — it’s not going to be sold to sit on and wait,” said Unger.