City of Vancouver discussion: Build 6 storeys without rezoning?

     23 Sep 2020      online      Partner/affiliate event

Housing co-ops in the City of Vancouver are invited to discuss a City proposal to allow 6-storey non-profit and co-op housing in existing apartment areas without a rezoning.

The City of Vancouver is considering new incentives for co-ops and non-profit housing providers to develop and redevelop housing on their existing sites. The proposal would allow development of 6-storey social and co-op housing in Vancouver’s RM4 and RM3A zones (find your co-op’s zoning on the City of Vancouver VanMap) without having to go through a rezoning process. This could save time and money, and reduce risk when considering a development. These zoning areas cover many of the City’s mid-rise apartment districts, including Grandview-Woodland, East Kits, Mount Pleasant, and Marpole.

Through their Housing Central partnership, CHF BC and BCNPHA are supporting the City’s efforts to inform and consult with the community housing sector on the changes being considered. In the presentation City staff will outline the proposed changes and their implications and opportunities for the community housing sector. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion. This session is for any organization operating/owning/looking to expand co-op or non-profit housing in the City of Vancouver.

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Edna Cho, City of Vancouver

Edna has worked in Community Planning and Housing Policy at the City of Vancouver for more than a decade. Her experience developing and implementing policy spans the range from city-wide initiatives to grass-roots community involvement. Over the last several years, she has worked on developing key rental housing policies in Vancouver, including the Rental 100: Secured Market Rental Housing Policy, Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy, Vancouver Housing and Homelessness Strategy, and contributed to a number of housing initiatives and research projects. She holds a Master of Arts in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University.

Sarah Ellis, City of Vancouver

Sarah is a public policy specialist working for the City of Vancouver, with a special focus on housing policy. She graduated from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Policy, and went on to work in affordable housing policy in Washington, D.C. before moving to Vancouver. Sarah first got her start in housing through community organizing around the foreclosure crisis in Boston, and believes strongly in the power of communities to organize and make change.

Chris Mah, City of Vancouver

Chris works in Housing Policy at the City of Vancouver in the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department. Chris has experience working on a diversity of housing initiatives and policies at the City, including the Secured Rental Policy, Housing Vancouver Annual Progress Report and Data Book, and Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy. Chris holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from UBC.