Vision Vancouver wants increased housing density throughout the city – Vancouver Sun


If it secures a balance of power in Vancouver city hall, the party says it will direct city staff to bring forward a policy that would “open up all neighbourhoods to low- and mid-rise housing.”
The once-powerful Vision Vancouver party released its housing platform on Sunday, demanding an end to low-density housing zones in the city.

Vision Vancouver, which dominated city hall from 2005 to 2018, is not running a mayoral candidate but is has three council candidates, including current parks board commissioner Stuart Mackinnon.
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According to a statement from the party, if Vision is able to secure a balance of power at city hall on Oct. 15, it would direct city staff to bring forward a policy within 90 days that would “open up all neighbourhoods to low- and mid-rise housing.”

The party would also do away with public consultation on all non-profit and public co-op housing projects, such as the controversial and recently approved 13-storey social housing complex at 7th Avenue and Arbutus Street.

A three-month permit guarantee would also be given to any single-family homeowner who wants to densify their lots with a secondary suite, duplex, triplex or laneway house. Any project that is valued at under $50,000 would also have to be approved within three months.

Vision Vancouver is running against a deep and varied group of political parties all wanting power in Vancouver. These include Forward Together, TEAM Vancouver, ABC Vancouver, the Green party, Progress Vancouver, NPA, OneCity and COPE.

There are 15 candidates running for mayor and 59 for the 10 seats on council.

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