Density bonus zoning

Sunset Community Centre

Density bonusing is used as a zoning tool that permits developers to build more floor space than normally allowed, in exchange for amenities and affordable housing needed by the community.

Amenities can be community centres, libraries, parks, childcare centres, affordable housing and more.

Density bonus zones allow for:

  • Outright density (or base density) with no density bonus contribution
  • Extra density, up to a limit set in a zone, with a contribution towards amenities and affordable housing

Financial contributions are determined by the density bonus contribution rate set out in the zone.

Draft proposed CAC/Density Bonus Rates for Cambie Corridor and Marpole

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Density bonus zoning areas

View a larger map of the density bonus zoning areas  (115 KB)

False Creek Flats density bonus areas

The density bonus zoning approach for Sub-Area A of the I-3 District, including the rate structure, is intended to support additional employment intensification for eligible creative, light industrial, and general office uses. For Sub-Area E of the FC-2 District, the density bonus zoning approach, including the rate structure, is intended to enable mixed use development consisting of secured market rental housing and eligible creative and light industrial uses.

In False Creek Flats, density bonus zoning has been introduced in Sub-Area A of the I-3 District and Sub-Area E of the FC-2 District.

Learn more in the False Creek Flats Density Bonus Zoning Bulletin PDF file (330 KB)

Mount Pleasant Industrial Area density bonus areas

The overall density bonus zoning approach, including the rate structure, is intended to restrict the bonus to eligible industrial uses and ‘digital entertainment and information communication technology’ office uses only, thus creating a specialty area to accommodate this key sector and larger scaled companies. The density bonus contributions will be directed towards the provision of childcare facilities and other eligible public amenities in the Mount Pleasant Local Area.

In the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area, density bonus zoning has been introduced in the I-1A District and I-1B District.

Learn more in the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area Density Bonus Zoning Bulletin  (187 KB)

Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct density bonus areas

The overall density bonus zoning approach, including the rate structure, is intended to increase housing choice in the community by allowing the development of four-storey buildings.

In the Joyce-Collingwood Precinct, density bonus zoning has been introduced in new 4-storey Apartment Zones and 6-storey Apartment Zones..

Learn more in the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Density Bonus Zoning Bulletin  (619 KB)

Marpole density bonus areas

The overall density bonus zoning approach, including the rate structure, is intended to increase housing choice in the community by encouraging the development of ground-oriented housing forms, in particular townhouses and/or rowhouses.

In Marpole, density bonus zoning has been introduced in new Townhouse/Rowhouse Zones and 4-storey Apartment Zones.

Learn more in the Marpole Density Bonus Zoning Bulletin  (400 KB)

Norquay density bonus areas

The overall density bonus zoning approach, including the rate structure, is intended to increase housing choice in the community by allowing the development of 4-storey apartments, with some stacked townhouses in conjunction with apartments on deep lots.

In Norquay, density bonus zoning has been introduced in 4-storey Apartment Zones.

Learn more in the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Density Bonus Zoning Bulletin  (220 KB)

Density bonus zoning inflationary rate adjustments

The annual reports detail annual inflationary adjustments to all density bonus zoning rates. The adjustments are based on property and construction inflation with the purpose to maintain the City’s ability to provide necessary growth-related amenities.

2017 Inflationary Adjustment to Density Bonus Contributions  (260 KB)

2016 DCL Inflationary Rate Adjustments to Development Cost Levies (DCLs),
Density Bonus Contributions and Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) Targets
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