5 single-family neighbourhoods in Vancouver will see more density from new zoning

Oct 5 2017, 6:14 am

Single-family neighbourhoods across much of Vancouver will see an uptick in density from zoning changes approved by Vancouver City Council on Tuesday. It’s all in an effort to help address the housing affordability and supply crisis.

But don’t expect towers or even any low-rises as these changes are relatively modest.

Within the Mount Pleasant and Grandview-Woodland neighbourhoods, affecting a total of 4,800 properties, homeowners can now:

  • Build rental laneway homes
  • Increase the number of residential units allowed on a 33 ft lot from two to three
  • Build a new detached form of duplex that allows for two separate houses on a lot, with a larger house in front and a smaller house in the lane
  • Build fourplexes on large lots

On the other side of the city, changes are also coming to a 1,500-acre area of the Dunbar, Kerrisdale, and Arbutus Ridge neighbourhoods. The City says the population of children and families has been dropping in these areas, and this is also reflected by lower enrolment rates in neighbourhood schools.

However, the changes are less ambitious than the two Eastside neighbourhoods to ensure character homes are preserved. About 12,000 character homes built before the 1940s can densify with coach houses and other ownership options.

Another single-family area of the city set for densification is the Cambie Street Corridor, where hundreds of single-family homes could be replaced by townhouses.

After facing much criticism for its inaction with addressing the housing crisis, the municipal government has been rolling out a number of new policies and initiatives over the past few months.

In July, it said it had a goal of creating policies that would stimulate the creation of 72,000 new homes in Vancouver by 2026.

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