Vision Vancouver wants increased housing density throughout the city
The once-powerful Vision Vancouver party released its housing platform on Sunday, demanding an end to low-density housing zones in the city.
Vision Vancouver, which dominated city hall from 2005 to 2018, is not running a mayoral candidate but is has three council candidates, including current parks board commissioner Stuart Mackinnon.
According to a statement from the party, if Vision is able to secure a balance of power at city hall on Oct. 15, it would direct city staff to bring forward a policy within 90 days that would “open up all neighbourhoods to low- and mid-rise housing.”
The party would also do away with public consultation on all non-profit and public co-op housing projects, such as the controversial and recently approved 13-storey social housing complex at 7th Avenue and Arbutus Street.
A three-month permit guarantee would also be given to any single-family homeowner who wants to densify their lots with a secondary suite, duplex, triplex or laneway house. Any project that is valued at under $50,000 would also have to be approved within three months.