June 14, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Council has taken another step to deliver a variety of housing to meet local needs and incomes under the City’s Housing reset, approving the rezoning of a single family home lot to accommodate 52 new rental homes (25 per cent of which for families) at 262 Kind Edward Avenue and up to six coach and single family homes with potential for four secondary suites at 809 West 23rd Street. 809 West 23rd, the former Douglas Park United Church, was also designated as a Heritage Building, will be retained, and added to the Heritage Register.
“The City continues to aggressively push forward on delivering a housing mix that people who live and work in Vancouver need: more rental, coach houses and multifamily buildings with character close to transit, schools and parks,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “People have told the City loud and clear their main concern is finding secure affordable housing, especially for families – Council will keep forging ahead to enable as much housing as we can, as affordably can, to keep Vancouver liveable now and into the future.”
Details of the new housing include:
- 809 West 23rd: three four-bedroom and one two bedroom homes, plus one four bedroom and one two bedroom infill coach houses in the lane. The homes include lock-off units that could provide further rental housing.
- 262 West King Edward: a four storey rental building providing 38 per cent family housing (20 two and three bedroom homes).
Both new housing projects fall under the Cambie Corridor Phase 3 Plan, the City’s most aggressive housing push ever to deliver over 11,000 new homes to meet local needs and incomes: rental, townhouses and row houses near transit, schools and parks. Cambie Phase 3 is the City’s latest step to deliver on the Housing Reset to tackle affordability, which also includes:
- Investing $80M in the 2017 Capital Plan for affordable housing - the most ever;
- Approving a record number of new rental homes;
- Bringing in Canada’s first Empty Homes Tax;
- Regulating short-term rentals, like Airbnb;
- Pursuing modular housing on city-owned sites;
- Offering 20 sites of City-owned land worth $250 Million to senior governments to use for affordable housing;
- Increasing family home requirements in new housing projects to 35%; and
- Providing four City-owned sites to enable Vancouver’s first Community Land Trust.