Vancouver city council approves rezoning major parts of city to allow duplexes

Vancouver city council approves rezoning major parts of city to allow duplexes

After two days of public hearings, Vancouver city council has voted to rezone the majority of the city to enable duplex use in single-family home neighbourhoods on 19th Sept 2018. The decision, approved in the final city council meeting of Gregor Robertson’s decade-long tenure as mayor of Vancouver, is also one of his most sweeping policies.

Under the rezoning, duplexes — houses divided into two apartments, with a separate entrance for each — are now legal in 99 per cent of all single-family neighbourhoods in Vancouver.

According to the city, that comprises 67,000 single family lots, around 52 per cent of city’s land mass.

Seven councillors voted in favour, while four were against. The decision was meant to be voted on Tuesday night, but was pushed until Wednesday after dozens of speakers showed up to voice their opinion.

Burnaby Homes and Construction is ready to help prospective homeowners build a house or duplex according to new regulations and this landmark zoning change.

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