Rezoning changes the zoning of a property, regulating how it can be used or developed.
The purpose of rezoning is to change regulations so development can align with City Council's priorities.
One outcome or condition of City Council approving a rezoning is the securing of development contributions to offset its impacts and make sure our growing city is liveable for all.
Property owners can apply to rezone sites according to Council-approved rezoning policies. We, the City of Vancouver, can also rezone sites, usually on an area-wide basis. City Council decides on all rezoning applications.
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Types of rezoning
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Comprehensive Development (CD-1) district rezonings create new zoning districts to allow for certain uses and forms of development on specific sites. There may be certain conditions that the developer has to meet (such as legal agreements or design guidance), before City Council enacts the new zoning by-law.
Zoning district changes
Zoning district change rezonings change a site's or an area's zoning from one district to another (for example, from RS-1 to RM-8A). This type of rezoning involves fewer submission requirements and is less complex than rezoning to a CD-1.
Minor rezonings are typically text amendments to an existing regulation to change what is currently permitted (such as adding a land use) or to correct an error.