The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade had a forum on housing affordability and how to get young people living in the Metro Vancouver area. Encouraging transit accessibility and enhancing housing affordability is mandatory if Metro Vancouver is to thrive.
Glen Korstrom in Business in Vancouver describes this forum as having two main approaches. The first is for municipalities to ” eliminate all single-family zoning while encouraging more townhomes, row houses and other gradual forms of densification in those neighbourhoods.” The second is to speed up building approvals and processes so that the 110,000 estimated units that can be built with existing zoning already in place can be expedited. Both approaches are radical-the first challenges the bastions of green lawned single family neighbourhoods; the second means honing municipal approval systems already decimated by retirements and inadequate staffing numbers.
“Why not rezone all the single-family zoning in the whole city in one…
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