Petition update

URGENT: public hearing Sept. 18 city-wide rezoning

Vancouver Character House Network
Vancouver, Canada

Sep 17, 2018 — 


Your letters to the city and attendance at the public hearing is urgently needed. The city counts number of speakers and emails for or against. Currently development lobby groups have way more emails to city than opposition. Please take action now!

Upcoming public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 3:00 pm is for rezoning across the city that will increase demolitions of character houses. There has been no public consultation on these proposed rezonings.

Meeting agenda is posted here. You can see how many emails are for or against.

Sign up to speak here or email at Request to speak to both or either of the items below.

There are two reports and each requires separate emails and request to speak must specify each.


A.) Rezoning all RS (single detached) to duplex, allowing up to 4 units per lot. This includes new outright development for 2 strata duplex units and 2 secondary suites or 2 lock off units (with waived onsite parking requirements). There has been no public consultation process. It undermines all neighbourhood-based planning and increases incentives to demolish character houses. Report is here.


Letters to Council:

Please send emails, even with one line to say you are opposed.

Re: Rezoning all RS zones - public hearing Sept. 18


Some additional reasons may be:

- no public consultation & overrides community plans
- incentivises demolition of character and heritage houses
- has no disincentives for demolition like RT zones
- undermines character house incentives for retention
- reduced minimum onsite parking for new builds

B.) Rezoning Kitsilano's RT7 & RT8 (character house retention duplex zoning) to a new RT5 zone that allows more infill units, multifamily development and  makes it easier to demolish character houses while gutted design guidelines. This affects the area east of Alma St. and north of Broadway, as well as an area west of Arbutus. Again, no public consultation. Report is here.


Letters to Council:

Please send emails, even with one line to say you are opposed.

- no public consultation & overrides community plans
- incentivises more demolition of character and heritage houses
- current RT zones are much better than the RT5 and RT11 they would be replaced with

Send your two emails to:;;;;;;;;;;;

Related Articles

Here are recent related articles in the Vancouver Sun:

NEW Sept. 15 - City slamming through destructive new zoning

Sept.1 - City's high housing growth rate making homes less affordable
Aug.4 - Unprecedented zoning rush continues


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