We want to learn more about what gaps and barriers currently exist, and what your priorities and ideas are for creating and maintaining different housing types to meet the needs of all residents.
Visit www.surveymonkey.ca/r/drumhellerhousing to learn more about the project and complete the survey.
Housing and community development in Drumheller Valley present unique and complex needs. The Town of Drumheller’s population has been relatively stable throughout the last five years, with the 2021 census data showing a population of approximately 7,900 residents. The large majority of Drumhellerites live in residential neighbourhoods made up of predominantly single-detached homes; however, there is an increasing need for alternative housing forms, tenures (i.e., ownership and rental), and affordability levels to better meet the diverse and changing needs of current and future residents.
Town Council and Administration have identified three key areas of interest in the development of a Housing Strategy:
- Inventory mix,
- Rental unit availability, and
Providing a mixture of housing types and tenures of varying levels of affordability is essential for creating a diverse, inclusive, and healthy community. Drumheller’s population is also aging. It is anticipated that by 2036, 2,300 residents of Drumheller will be over the age of 65. An aging population creates an increased need for affordable, age-friendly accommodation to promote aging-in-place in the community.