Housing experts are praising City of Vancouver staff for dropping an idea known as “downzoning” from its character homes review.
“Downzoning” would have reduced the allowable size of new homes in certain neighbourhoods, meaning if a pre-1940s home is demolished, a mega-home could not go up in its place.
“In this day and age when we’re all talking about housing affordability and making the best use of land, the idea of reducing the permitted floor space ratio was contrary to the way most are thinking and to the credit of Gil Kelley, the Director of Planning, he recognized that too.”
Real Estate Consultant Michael Geller says owners who want to keep a character home may now be able to increase its floor area and convert properties into multi-unit residences.
Not only will this help housing supply, but it may also help curb demolitions.
Chief city planner Gil Kelley told council they received a flood of negative feedback on the idea.
Staff will bring a new character homes report to council in April.