The City of Vancouver’s new definition of social housing is facing a legal challenge launched by a group of Yaletown residents.
Noy Leksinski with the Community Association of New Yaletown says it’s filed a petition in BC Supreme Court because the group fears the amendments to the Downtown Official Development Plan violates the Vancouver Charter.
“Really what the issue is is that they are allowing the Development Permit Board, unelected officials, to essentially allow unlimited bonus density for market rental rates. They are saying it’s for social housing, but social housing includes market rental.”
Now social housing is defined as a building in which at least 30% of units are occupied by people who can’t afford market rates.
The city says it protects low-income housing.
Meanwhile, The BC Court of Appeal will hear arguments from the city and a developer next week in a separate case.
A judge sided with the Yaletown residents in January and quashed a development permit related to a land swap between the City and Brenhill developments.