Majority favours more housing options and increased density across Vancouver

Full update from the City of Vancouver.


During our phase 3 engagement last fall, we asked you where and how we should locate and prioritize growth to create a more livable, affordable and sustainable city. We had more than 6,500 points of contact with community members, local groups and organizations, and other stakeholders. Thank you to all who participated!

We reviewed all of your feedback and identified your highest priorities. Adding more housing choice in neighbourhoods across the city was identified as the top priority, with over 75% of respondents supporting more equitable housing choices in all neighbourhoods.

The other top-ranked priorities were: 

  • Protecting ecosystems and biodiversity

  • Reducing Vancouvers carbon footprint

  • Protecting small, locally owned businesses

  • Creating people-friendly streets that prioritize walking, rolling, and cycling.

See what else you had to say by reading the full Phase 3 Engagement Report.

Participants also indicated a high level of support for all three Big Ideas of the Vancouver Plan that emerged through the first two phases of engagement:

  • More equitable housing and complete neighbourhoods

  • An economy that works for all

  • Climate protection and restored ecosystems

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Key Findings

  • 78% of people surveyed either strongly or somewhat agreed that Vancouver should have a range of housing options in all neighbourhoods, particularly in those with low density now.

  • Over 80% supported low-rise apartments up to six stories, multiplexes and townhouses in areas that are mostly single detached homes; 48% said mid-rise up to 12 stories are acceptable.

  • 77% supported rental housing options on smaller, local roads within neighbourhoods.

  • 68% agreed all neighbourhoods should have housing options through increased heights and density for those who make less than $80,000 a year.

  • A majority of respondents indicated a preference for density to be spread out with more 6-12 storey buildings distributed throughout rapid transit areas, versus concentrations of over 12 storeys closer to stations. 

  • For shopping areas, a majority preferred density located in lower rise buildings (3-6 storeys) in the surrounding neighbourhood as opposed to higher (6-12 storey) buildings located immediately in and around the shopping area.

What's next?

After carefully considering the community input from all phases of engagement and carrying out critical technical work, we will finalize the draft Vancouver Plan in April 2022. The draft plan will include a land use strategy for how Vancouver will grow into the future.

We will present the draft Plan to you to hear your thoughts. Everyone who lives, works or plays in Vancouver will be invited to participate.

After collecting feedback on the draft Vancouver Plan, we will summarize the input and present the final Vancouver Plan to City Council for approval in June 2022.

When complete, the Vancouver Plan will be a strategic land use plan with supporting policies that will guide growth and change for the city to 2050 and beyond. It also aims to enhance the qualities that make Vancouver special while responding to the challenges facing the city and its residents.


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Sheldon Coxford
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