Of particular interest to observers is the city’s proposal for the “transformation of low-density neighbourhoods,” which would see parts of the city zoned for single-family houses — almost 80 per cent of Vancouver’s residential land — opened up to other housing options such as townhouses and row-houses. . . .
. . . Still, neighbourhood changes on the scale proposed Thursday would have been hard to imagine in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s when Gordon Price was a Vancouver councillor, Price told Postmedia Thursday.
“RS1 was untouchable,” Price said, referring to the classification of zoning for single-family houses. “So this is a big deal.”
So if you oppose density, rezoning and so on — who gets your vote? If you love class divisions, exclusionary zoning, car dependency and poor doors — who gets your vote?
What’s a lonely confused voter to do?
Looking at the big Vancouver civic political parties, one is making a major commitment; the other has made a credible indicator of direction (without clear and public party endorsement). All of this with around a year to go before the 2018 civic election.
Vision, Mayor Robertson, from CoV web site:
“We’ve heard loud and clear that Vancouverites expect us to address the fact that vast areas of low-density neighbourhoods are unaffordable for all but the very wealthy – with many of them seeing a decline in families and kids. With the new Housing Vancouver strategy, we can transform our low-density, single-family neighbourhoods with more duplexes and triplexes, more townhouses and rowhouses, and more low-rise apartments – and make sure every neighbourhood across Vancouver is filled with families and kids.”
And then there’s Hector Bremner, recently sworn in as NPA City Councilor, as discussed in earlier Price Tags material:
Touching the Third Rail
Is it now possible, if not imperative, that our Council consider fundamentally rezoning the single-family neighbourhoods in a way that would change their character . . .
. . . Hector Bremner proposed a city-wide plan that would open single-family zones places to multiple dwellings.
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Hector Bremner (NPA) is emulating what Gordon Campbell as mayor was good at: proposing something quite radical without being seen to. He’d rezone the whole city at once as part of a big plan that would obviate the need for spot zoning. And in doing so, make once-sanctified single-family zones places for multiple dwellings. It’s what a lot of urbanists are calling for, but didn’t expect it to come from the NPA.
If those proposals were seriously undertaken, it would be the biggest change in the civic culture of Vancouver since the amalgamation of 1929 that created this town in the first place. But they could be done.
Not a heck of a lot of difference between Vision and Bremnerized-but-not-official-NPA. Perhaps there’s potential for a new civic party to rise up and capture this lonely confused section of the electorate.