The City of Vancouver is promising to take care of displaced renters as the city moves forward with implementing the new Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
Some renters fear they will be “demovicted”, but city planner Andrew Pask says there are measures in place to support them.
“If a building redevelops there would be a tenant relocation program that would be introduced to help the existing tenants find the new space. They would be given discounted rents, they would have opportunities like right of first refusal to return to the apartments.”
Plan projects 10,000 more residents within thirty years
The plan, which goes before city council next week, calls for more than 7,000 new homes to accommodate growth of up to 10,000 people over the next three decades.
Meanwhile, residents living in the area have mixed feelings about increased development.
“We need public housing. As far as towers go, I think it’ll take away from the community.”
“People come first. I kinda hate to lose the view but it’s going to happen, and it should.”
“I like the community how it is, it’s nice, it’s smaller, people are friendly.”
“It’s not such a hustle, if I want the hustle and bustle I’ll go downtown for that.”
This is the first time the city has had a citizens assembly of fifty residents involved in the development planning.