Vancouver being “selective” over rezoning
Groups of Vancouver neighbours are teaming up in ‘assemblies’ in order to create attractive land parcels to sell to developers but according to the Vancouver Sun, the city council is being “selective” on its rezoning decisions. On Wednesday the city’s planning director Brian Jackson have those assembling land parcels a clear warning; just because you’ve put together a land parcel it doesn’t mean the council will allow higher density. He said that the practice was being discouraged as “it treats housing as a commodity as opposed to a place where people live.” The number of proposals for rezoning land assembly parcels has increased sharply in the last few years but those containing character or heritage properties are unlikely to be passed. Those that do not have genuinely affordable housing options are also deemed to fail.