As part of what it says is an update to the High-Density Housing for Families and Children Guidelines, the City of Vancouver said it is looking for feedback from families who live – or have lived – in apartments to better understand their current situations, needs, values, preferences, and issues.
The goal of the design review is to produce updated guidelines that help create homes and buildings that are functional, sociable, and inclusive.
In a release, the city said that since the guidelines were first drafted over 25 years ago, “the housing market and how people live in Vancouver has significantly changed.”
Today’s families, it added, “face complex trade-offs between affordability, space, and lifestyle.”
Households that include children under 18 years of age are encouraged to provide their input through an online survey.
City staff will also be popping up at various locations in the West End and Downtown to seek input on Saturday, April 28, and Saturday, May 5, between 11:30 am and 3 pm. Pop-up locations will be posted on the city’s social media channels.
The city said that a priority in its Housing Vancouver strategy is to ensure the “right types” of housing is created for families.
Recent actions have included the creation of the Housing Mix Policy for Rezoning Projects (2016), which raised requirements and targets for rezoning projects to include 35% family units.
The survey will remain open until May 22, and updated design guidelines are expected to be completed in Fall 2018.