Vancouver Set To Finalize Broadway Rezoning Plan

A plan to increase density along the city's 'Second Downtown' promises to bring badly needed housing to the corridor as the Broadway subway line nears completion.

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March 15, 2022, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

British Columbia

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Dan Fumano reports on Vancouver's proposal to encourage denser development along the new Broadway subway line. "The plan includes adding significant density and towers in the corridor and introducing new kinds of apartment buildings into quieter side streets. The newest draft of the plan was released this month for public review, and the city is urging the public to take the final chance in the next two weeks to provide feedback about how to add space for homes, jobs, business, culture and amenities along the Broadway subway line that is under construction."

According to Fumano, "The plan would not immediately change the underlying zoning setting what a property owner is entitled to build on a given site, said Matt Shillito, Vancouver’s acting director of special projects. But its new policies would create opportunities for larger kinds of development in many areas, he said, each of which would need rezoning."

A separate article by Kenneth Chan cites a city survey that showed that 78 percent of respondents supported a broader range of housing in the city. According to Chan, "As well, over 80% support low-rise apartments up to six storeys, multiplexes, and townhouses in areas that are currently mostly dedicated to single-detached dwellings. Nearly half (48%) also said mid-rise buildings up to 12 storeys are acceptable."

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