CVN update letter to Council (for Nov 9): Streamlining Rental Rezoning Public Hearing (opposed)

November 9, 2021
City of Vancouver Council

Dear Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Councillors,

Re: Streamlining Rental Rezoning Public Hearing

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) acknowledge that there are many different ways to provide more rentals and to accommodate growth. However, CVN is strongly opposed to the recommendations in this report and this arbitrary, citywide approach that lacks neighbourhood context.

This letter is to update you on the petition, Our Communities Our Plans, is opposed to these arbitrary rezoning policies and was previously 4,100 but is now over 4,450 signatures.

We continue to oppose the combining of dramatically different types of rezonings into one public hearing, an approach that is very confusing to the public.
• The proposed C2 changes to zoning schedules and design guidelines include changes to:
o all C2 citywide outright 4 storey strata with increased heights and decreased setbacks
o the addition of 6 storey rentals in areas as per eligibility map
• The proposed RS/RT zoning changes allow random spot rezonings for rental-only apartment buildings based on new RR zoning schedules approved in advance, up to 6 storeys on-arterials and up to 5 storeys off-arterials
These are three different types of rezonings should be in separate reports and public hearings.

Please do not approve the recommendations in this report and instead, refer it back to staff to separate the three major zoning initiatives, allow for neighbourhood-based planning work and community consultation, and provide proper notification to the properties affected.

Thank you,

Steering Committee,
Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Member Groups of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Arbutus Ridge/ Kerrisdale/ Shaughnessy Visions
Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours
Dunbar Residents Association
Fairview/South Granville Action Committee
False Creek Residents Association
Grandview Woodland Area Council
Granville-Burrard Residents & Business Assoc.
Greater Yaletown Community Association
Joyce Area Residents
Kitsilano-Arbutus Residents Association
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Residents Coalition
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents
Residents Association Mount Pleasant
Riley Park/South Cambie Visions
Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Assoc.
Strathcona Residents Association
Upper Kitsilano Residents Association
West End Neighbours Society
West Kitsilano Residents Association
West Point Grey Residents Association