Quintette Mine Worker Housing

Location
Tumbler Ridge, Canada

Client
Teck Quintette Mine

Date
2013

Overview

SvN assisted consulting firm rePlan in leading a dialogue between Teck Resources and the District of Tumbler Ridge to develop a housing development and growth management strategy. With coal mining proposed to expand in the Tumbler Ridge area of northeastern British Columbia, housing constraints were identified as a risk to project development for the mining operations of Teck Quintette. Initial proposals by Teck to develop a ‘Worker’s Lodge’ did not conform with the community vision and regulations set out in the District of Tumbler Ridge’s Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw. The municipality resisted any expansion of the non-resident workforce that could undermine the town’s economic and tax bases. The recommended approach included a multi-unit accommodation for commuting workers, phased family housing development and a housing support program of subsidies, encouraging workers to permanently relocate to Tumbler Ridge.

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Expertise

We build worker housing for resource, investment and infrastructure projects that serve emerging economies around the world. These housing solutions address the immediate workforce requirements of a project, and have the capacity to be reconfigured for long-term use.
Our team conducts research and creates strategy for government and non-government clients on a wide range of economic development issues. This includes strengthening, broadening and diversifying the economic base of regions, cities and towns and accelerating development through improvements to land use, urban design, planning policy and governance.