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Vancouver city council's current voting record on new market rental housing

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Kenneth Chan Jul 09, 2019 12:34 pm 2,113

More than halfway through the first year of their four-year term, Vancouver’s new city council has evaluated the applications of eight market rental housing projects with a combined total of over 300 units.

And based on their voting record, many council member’s stances on market rental housing and how they are likely to vote on such projects are now quite apparent.

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Twitter user nm_nvan has been tracking the market rental housing voting records of all councillors and the mayor. To date, six council members have had perfect voting records of two varying kinds.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart and councillor Melissa De Genova have cast votes of approval for every project to date.

Councillors that have voted in favour of nearly all projects include Adriane Carr, Christine Boyle, Michael Wiebe, and Rebecca Bligh.

But on the opposite side of the voting spectrum, councillor Jean Swanson — a self-purported advocate of renters — has voted against every single project that does not directly support individuals with the lowest incomes.

Councillor Pete Fry trails only slightly behind Swanson, with his approval of about 60 units.

And with councillor Colleen Hardwick, she has approved roughly half of the units and has only voted against one market rental housing project, which was the townhouse proposal on 4575 Granville Street in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood. She was absent from voting for three other proposals.

Vancouver council voting record: number of market rental housing projects

Vancouver council rental housing voting record

Vancouver city council’s voting record on eight market rental housing projects, as of June 25, 2019. (nm_nvan / Twitter)

Vancouver council voting record: number of market rental housing units

Vancouver council rental housing voting record

Vancouver city council’s voting record of 311 market rental housing units across eight projects, as of June 25, 2019. (nm_nvan / Twitter)

Following last fall’s civic election, it was immediately clear that the new city council would be highly fractured and partisan, but what has been particularly surprising has been the high level of incoordination and divergence within the parties represented — specifically the Green Party and the Non-Partisan Association — compared to public veil of party-lines solidarity during the era of the Vision Vancouver machine.

In recent weeks, there has been increasing criticism over the new city council’s handling of key decisions, particularly on its ability and willingness to effectively tackle housing affordability and supply, particularly after its decision to axe the Shaughnessy townhouse project.

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