CVN letter to Council (for Mar-11): SUPPORT for Extension of Rental Housing Stock ODP to Require Rental Replacement in C-2, C-2B, C-2C, & C-2C1 Commercial Districts

March 10, 2020
City of Vancouver Council
Dear Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Councillors,

Re: Public Hearing Item 2 [11-March-2021]. Extension of the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to Require Rental Replacement in C-2, C-2B, C-2C, and C-2C1 Commercial Districts

Agenda: Report:

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) strongly supports approval of this report recommendations to extending the areas where the Rental Housing ODP applies to the C2 zones.

This Public Hearing proposes that the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan include the C-2 zones for additional much needed protection of existing rentals by requiring a one for one replacement. This policy has been helpful in the apartment zones where currently applicable.

We request that these changes are applied to all applications and inquiries for DP or rezonings (unless already fully approved) as of the date that Council unanimously directed staff on November 26, 2019 to bring back a report for Council consideration, as per the following minutes:

  1. THAT Council instruct staff to prepare a report for consideration for referral to public hearing to amend the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to extend rental replacement requirements to C-2, C-2C, C-2B and C-2B-1 zoning districts city-wide.

The existing rentals are under continuing and increasing development pressure, so this is a very important measure to help retain the older more affordable existing rental units. And it is important that the delays in bringing forward this report are not putting more existing rentals at risk during this interim period, proposed from date of referral on February 9, 2021 (see page 12, 6) In-stream applications).

Please approve this important Public Hearing item with the proposed amendment to Recommendation A, “FURTHER THAT the Rental Housing ODP amendments apply to applications and inquires made since the date of Council direction passed unanimously on November 26, 2019, unless a rezoning or Development Permit is already issued by the date of this Public Hearing.”

Thank you,

Larry A. Benge, Co-chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-chair

Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN)
Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Arbutus Ridge/ Kerrisdale/ Shaughnessy Visions
Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
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
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