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.

Density bonus zoning areas

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

Mount Pleasant Industrial Area density bonus areas

The overall density bonus zoning approach, including the rate structure, is intended to encourage eligible industrial uses and digital entertainment and information communication technology office uses only, thus creating a specialty area to accommodate this key sector.

In Mount Pleasant, density bonus zoning has been introduced in new light industrial zones.

Learn more in the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area Density Bonus Zoning Bulletin  (103 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.

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.

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