Jen St. Denis in Metro News reports on the Mayor of Vancouver’s speech to the Urban Land Institute. Unlike real estate marketer and philanthropist Bob Rennie who used to do a lot of research and was inspirational in his take on the future of the city, the Mayor’s speech did not add a lot that was new.
He also said a few things that were puzzling. On one hand stating that the city would attempt to provide more units while discouraging speculation, the mayor also said that “there are design solutions out there that allow density without land assembly . Simple things like how we allow duplexes, more infill, townhouses, rowhouses.” Yes but townhouses and rowhouses mean density achieved with assembly of property.
The City’s proposed policies are nothing too new-allowing low-rise apartment building owners to add an extra storey, converting existing duplexes to become fourplexes, and focusing on…
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