Background Information on the Interim Rezoning & Affordable Home Ownership Policies

The Interim Rezoning & Affordable Home Ownership Policies had their origin in the 2012 Final Report from the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability. The critical section of that report for Vancouver’s residential neighbourhoods was the recommendation to “Immediately implement an Interim Rezoning Policy (IRP) that increases affordable housing choices across Vancouver’s neighbourhoods”.

This recommendation was given teeth in the 2012 AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHOICES INTERIM REZONING POLICY that was Effective October 4, 2012, amended December 2, 2013 and April 20, 2016. This policy provided the following criteria for form & locations in which rezoning applications will be approved:

A. Sites fronting an arterial street that is on Translink’s Frequent Transit Network and within close proximity (i.e. a 5 -minute walk or 500 metres) of a local shopping area (red areas on Map 1). Would be rezoned for Mid-rise forms up to a maximum of 6 storeys (dark blue areas on Map 1

B. Sites within approximately 100 metres (i.e. 1½ blocks) of an arterial street.
Ground-oriented forms up to a maximum of 3½ storeys, which is generally sufficient height to include small house/duplexes, traditional row houses, stacked townhouses and courtyard row houses (light blue areas on Map 1)
IRP-map
The report further set out affordability criteria by which rezoning applications in these locations will be approved
• where 100% of the residential floor space is rental housing;
• where units are sold for at least 20% below market value and include a secure
mechanism for maintaining that level of affordability over time (e.g. resale covenant, 2nd mortgage,
etc.);
• innovative housing models and forms of tenure such as co -housing, when they can demonstrate enhanced affordability as determined by the City;
•where a Community Land Trust model is employed to secure increasing affordability over time.
The goals of the IRP were advanced through the Affordable Home Ownership Pilot Program   (AHO) approved unanimously by Council on April 20, 2016 with the exception of Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr. This policy provides a rough framework for implementation of the IRP’s goals for rezoning residential areas to further increase density.
These policies will have enormous city-wide implications for the residential neighbourhhods that make up the majority of City lands. Despite the fact that these policies are a blueprint for a transformation of residential neighbourhoods to multiplexes, they have been advanced with no public consultation whatsoever. This is stealth re-zoning from a Council that treats community aspirations with distain.