The City of Vancouver is working to increase and protect affordable housing in Vancouver.
The goal of the Affordable Housing Choices Policy is to create new affordable housing options for students, young families, and seniors.
All applications under the new Affordable Housing Choices Policy must go through the City's official rezoning process.
- Neighbourhood notification
- The chance to submit comments and concerns to staff
- A staff report to Council
- A public hearing for people to speak before Council makes a decision
Criteria for consideration
Rezoning applications will be considered when the following criteria regarding affordability and form of development are met:
Projects must demonstrate an enhanced level of affordability beyond that provided through the delivery of a generally more affordable housing type alone. Projects that would be considered are:
- Where 100% of the residential floor space is rental housing
- Where units are sold for at least 20% below market value, and include a secure mechanism for maintaining that level of affordability over time
- Innovative housing models and forms of tenure such as co-housing, when they can demonstrate enhanced affordability as determined by the City
- Where a Community Land Trust model is used to secure increasing affordability over time
Form of development and location
Proposals are subject to urban design performance (including consideration of shadow analysis, view impacts, frontage length, building massing, setbacks, and so on), and demonstration of a degree of community support. Projects that would be considered are:
- Ground-oriented forms up to a maximum of 3½ storeys – such as small houses and duplexes, traditional row houses, stacked townhouses, courtyard row houses, or four storey apartments – within approximately 100 metres of an arterial street (about 1½ blocks)
- Mid-rise forms up to a maximum of 6 storeys that front on arterials well seved by transit and are within 500 metres (a five-minute walk) of identified neighbourhood centres and local shopping areas
This policy applies to all areas of the city except those that have recently adopted community plans or are currently undergoing community planning. It also does not apply to industrial areas or to zoning districts which already permit building heights greater than six storeys (except that projects already under consideration in these districts on April 20, 2016 will continue to be considered).
City areas where applications will be considered
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