New zoning has been approved within the Norquay Village neighbourhood of East Vancouver.
The move by Vancouver council clears the way for a mix of apartments and townhouses.
But Marilyn Hogan of the group Residents for Community Control on City Development says the re-zoning takes away public input.
“It will mean varying types of building will be permitted in the neighbourhood, but just going through the Director of Planning”
In their zoning amendment, the City does talk about streamlining the development application process.
Hogan says they shouldn’t be allowed to just rubber stamp building changes so freely.
“Basically the re-zoning makes it harder for people to be aware of development applications, therefore making it harder to provide input.”
Hogan says they need to continue having open houses and keep the public involved.