In a city with outrageous house prices, more than half the land is zoned as ‘single family’ housing. This leaves very little in the range between very high density mini condo towers and expensive family homes.
Many older cities have addressed this issue with mid density housing including row homes, and it looks like Vancouver is ready to follow suit:
More specifically, the proposal instructs planners to “bring forward policies for RS and RT zones that allow triplexes, quadplexes and other multi-unit formsto significantly bring down the purchase cost per unit of housing in low density neighbourhoods.”
It also recommends setting maximum dwelling unit sizes, reducing parking and setback requirements, eliminating design guidelines, and offering density bonuses for projects that provide community benefits. The city has embarked on an 18-month process to develop and adopt the full program.
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