Vancouver approves 30-year city-wide development plan, subject to next council approval

Vancouver city councilors have approved a new city-wide plan aimed at guiding growth over the next three decades.

But while ambitious. The Vancouver Plan Friday’s vote council lays out a vision for land use in various parts of the city doesn’t actually make any formal changes.

The plan’s goals will be implemented by the next mayor and council, who will be elected in the October 15 municipal election, through a formal follow-up development plan.

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The plan was approved with the support of eight councilors and Mayor Kennedy Stewart, and nonpartisan association Coun. Melissa DeGenova and Team Coun. Colin Hardwick opposed.

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Vancouver Council considers development changes across the city.

Vancouver Council considers development changes across the city – July 6, 2022

“Today, with the approval of the Vancouver Plan, we are charting a new path for the future of our city, which promises to make every neighborhood more affordable, equitable and vibrant for everyone,” Stewart said in a media release. Guided by.”

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The Vancouver Plan sets out a strategy to accommodate growth for the 260,000 new residents expected in the city over the next 30 years, with the goal of ensuring affordable housing for new and existing residents.

It paves the way for the city to allow mixed-use and purpose-built rentals in nearly all Vancouver neighborhoods with multiplexes and townhomes targeting the so-called “missing middle” in the housing market.

The plan also envisions expanding economic activity from its existing centers through mixed residential and commercial land use in the city’s low-density neighborhoods.

The plan outlines the city’s vision in 11 policy areas: housing; Economy Climate Environment Transport; child care; community infrastructure; arts, culture and heritage; public places; watersheds and water resources; and food systems.

The new land-use strategy will direct new housing choices toward low-density neighborhoods that are “amenity-rich,” as well as adding amenities and services to areas that are currently underserved. .

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The plan says the city intends to “significantly increase the provision of social and supportive housing” and support local people-led housing and wellbeing projects.

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The plan approved Friday also includes an amendment that opposes extending the tenant protections included in the recently approved Broadway plan to the entire city.

Under these protections, which Stewart described as “the strongest in Canada,” tenants evicted by redevelopment would be entitled to move back into their units at the same or lower rent.

“We are a city of renters, and we all deserve the opportunity to live the best life in any neighborhood,” Stewart said. “Vancouver’s plan will expand housing choices and create new opportunities in parts of the city that are far from overcrowded today — all without displacing long-time renters.”

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The protections have drawn bipartisan criticism, with some warning that it could prevent needed redevelopment, while tenant advocates have expressed concern that they will not be enforced.

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The plan also includes what the city calls a comprehensive environmental framework to protect green space and tree canopies and restore ecosystems.

It aims to “embed ecosystems into planning,” and create “an integrated network of public spaces, ecological corridors” and greenways for active transportation.

In the future, he says, 76 per cent of Vancouver residents aim to live within five minutes of shops and services, up from the current 58 per cent.

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Approval of the plan concludes a process that began in 2019, and included extensive public consultation and reviews.

The city says staff will now work on the details of how tenant concerns and developer input will be incorporated into the anticipated implementation of the future plan.

Staff have also acknowledged that the plan could be scrapped if it is opposed by the next mayor elected in the fall and a majority of the council.

With files from The Canadian Press

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