A photo collage of four types of townhouses

Proposed zoning changes for townhouse and rowhouse areas

On April 11, 2023, Council will consider amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law. This initiative is to convert the existing RS-1 zone in specified areas of the Cambie Corridor (7.4 MB) to an RM-8A/AN zone.

Currently, the development of a townhouse or rowhouse in specified areas of the Cambie Corridor (7.4 MB)  is considered through a rezoning application under the Cambie Corridor Plan (81 MB). The proposed zoning changes in April will simplify the development process by allowing construction of a townhouse or rowhouse to proceed without a rezoning.

Highlights

  • This is part of the Cambie Corridor Plan implementation work for which a portion of the Cambie Corridor (81 MB) underwent the same zoning changes when the plan was approved in 2018.
  • The proposed new zone (RM-8A/AN) (984 KB) would allow for:
    • Townhouses or rowhouses up to three storeys tall
    • An increase in buildable square footage from 0.75 FSR to 1.20 FSR
  • The current rules and regulations applicable to the house on-site are not impacted by this proposed zoning change. The option to rebuild a detached house on the property remains.
  • Land value change and property tax change are not anticipated as a result of this zoning change.
  • The property will be subject to a density bonus charge should the owner wish to develop a townhouse or rowhouse.

This initiative is part of the Cambie Corridor Plan and will streamline opportunities to create ground-oriented housing suitable for families. This new housing would add more diverse housing options and increase homeownership options.

Cambie Corridor Planning Program

The Cambie Corridor Planning Program guides long-term growth in areas along Cambie Street and its surrounding neighbourhoods.