Words mean everything. Subtle changes in definitions used by a municipal government can have huge implications on urban design and on your personal experience of your own neighbourhood. Here is a current situation that people across Vancouver should know about and consider providing feedback to the City.
This is a proposal by Cressey Developments to rezone five heavily treed lots to build what is depicted above. The location is 3365 Commercial and 1695-1775 East 18th Avenue (click here for full info on rezoning application). In the process, it appears City Hall is attempting to redefine the description “ground-oriented development” to allow much bigger buildings. If the precedents in this rezoning are approved, the implications could be citywide.
Until now, the phrase “ground-oriented forms” has been understood to mean “small house/duplexes, traditional row houses, stacked townhouses, and courtyard row houses.” Obviously, what is…
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