City to in­crease den­sity

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Van­cou­ver City Coun­cil ap­proved changes that will al­low for denser de­vel­op­ment on sin­gle-fam­ily lots through­out the city, over the ob­jec­tion of some res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors who feel the changes could lead to a “land rush” and sky­rock­et­ing land val­ues.

Two sets of changes were ap­proved: one tar­gets sin­gle-fam­ily lots in RS zones — the low­est­den­sity re­gions, which cover 80 per cent of Van­cou­ver’s land­mass. There, to pre­vent the loss of her­itage homes and en­cour­age the build­ing of laneway homes, home­own­ers will be able to strat­ify and sell a laneway home.

In two denser RT zones, Grand­view Wood­land and Mount Pleas­ant, coun­cil ap­proved higher den­sity in­fill on lots. The num­ber of homes on a standard 33-foot lot will in­crease to three from two, al­low­ing a form of du­plex that is es­sen­tially two sep­a­rate homes in ad­di­tion to a laneway house. Four-plexes will also be al­lowed on larger lots.

Laneway houses will be al­lowed in RT zones; they were pre­vi­ously re­stricted to RS zones.

To en­cour­age re­ten­tion of char­ac­ter homes in RT zones, when a her­itage home is de­mol­ished the city will limit the size of the new house that can be built.

Jen st. De­nis

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