Prezone Cambie corridor for swifter development says mayoral hopeful

Vancouver city councillors are set to debate this week the last major piece of a three-part plan to triple the population in the Cambie Street corridor by 2041, but mayoral hopeful and Non-Partisan Association councillor Hector Bremner wants to see redevelopment in the area sped up.

Councillors have already voted to support greater density along Cambie Street and other major arterial routes in the corridor. Now up for consideration are dozens of blocks off those busy thoroughfares that are within a ten minute walk from existing and future rapid transit stations.

The plan before councillors calls for hundreds of single-family lots to be redeveloped into townhouses, row houses and apartment buildings. The general idea is to use these blocks as a “neighbourly transition” between high density buildings along major routes and the low density single-family areas that are adjacent to them, according to a staff report to councillors.

If councillors approve the plan, staff will start to plan an overhaul of utility infrastructure in the area. After that, “it is anticipated” that the city would rezone initial areas identified for townhouses, according to the report. Developers would initiate rezonings for buildings in the remainder of the corridor, the report states.

Bremner argued in a motion that is also slated to be heard this week against such a “building-by-building” approach. He has called for the areas proposed for greater density to be prezoned by the city to avoid lengthy spot rezoning processes.

“Vancouver is facing a housing crisis, requiring immediate and bold action,” Bremner said in his motion, arguing for prezoning “so that the politicians no longer need to meddle in the building process and slow important housing from reaching citizens.”

Bremner said in an interview that prezoning would bring a smoother, clearer, more transparent approach to redevelopment in the area.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

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