In early 2017, the City of Vancouver sought public input on its Character Home Zoning Review in an effort to curb the close to 1000 wasteful demolitions that take place annually and the resulting decline in housing affordability. Proposals included bringing conditional RT-like zoning as in Kitsilano to four neighbourhoods in the city. Despite 75% support for “increased flexibility in zoning to support Character Home retention” and significant support in three of the four study areas (64%, 68%, 75%), the Director of Planning removed rezoning from the Character Home Zoning Review. Zoning is the only effective means of slowing demolitions.
Please write to council and express your support for conditional RT-like zoning to help stop the demolition of our enduring, more affordable original housing stock.