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Greater Vancouver Density - A Discussion

Greater Density in Vancouver

Will it lead to more affordability for buyers and renters or simply change the look and feel of Vancouver’s current single family neighbourhoods?

In last Thursday’s Province, there appeared an article announcing that after a summer’s public consultation, Gregor Robertson is pushing hard for anonymous council approval next week on a plan to allow sweeping changes to the way the city uses land and works with developers. In an effort to increase affordability in the city, the plan aims to set up what they’re calling “transition zones” next to busier streets like Dunbar, Fraser, Main and Hastings. These areas would be rezoned from single family to allow row houses, duplexes, and stacked townhouses.

Based on some of the commentary online this weekend, this is the first many Vancouverites have heard of a pretty big development on a topic that many citizens have strong opinions about.

Right now, there are few details that have been widely made public, which might be unsettling to some, given the speed at which the Mayor wants the plan approved.

Do you think increased density in the form of more townhouses and duplexes will lead to home prices and rents being more affordable in these central areas of Vancouver?

Do you think that changing these traditionally single family neighbourhoods to include a percentage of strata units is too high a cost for the perceived benefit?

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