Today, our city faces three important challenges:
- how to continue to grow in a way that is sustainable and reduces the city’s ecological footprint;
- how to grow in a way that maintains our livability; and
- how to grow in a way that improves opportunities to create more affordable types of housing.
Single-family dwellings still take up half of the land area in
For the next four months, the City will ask citizens, businesses and those in the development, housing, social services and environmental communities, to help look at ways the City of
EcoDensity will mean altering some City policies, bylaws, incentives and zoning to reduce barriers and promote ideas that will create communities that are sustainable, livable and affordable.
EcoDensity will help ensure that sustainable ideas that are currently rare or difficult to achieve today, become commonplace in
Some of the ideas the City could explore or questions that will be asked during the consultations are:
- Do people want the City to allow more flexibility in our bylaws to promote sustainable building practices such as: use alternative energy sources (e.g., solar and geo-thermal energy systems); green roofs; use recycled rain water; recycled building materials?
- Should the City make it easier for residents in single-family zoned areas to build a secondary suite above their garage, or convert their garage to a coach house?
- How does the City encourage the creation of more secondary suites? Should we require that any new single family home rough in a secondary suite?
- Do people want the City take more advantage of streets and nodes well served by transit or areas located around Skytrain and future Canada Line stations by increasing density significantly in those areas?
- What aspects of our bylaws need to be changed in order to better accommodate or promote sustainable building practices such as energy-saving systems, recycling of grey water and rain water, green roofs, etc.
- Should the City reduce its parking requirements on new developments, and if so, which type of developments? Should we require spaces for car sharing, or electric plugs in new underground garages to promote the use of electric vehicles? Should the city establish car free neighbourhoods?
- How can the City help ensure that the necessary community amenities are included in areas where only smaller, incremental developments are built.
- How could the City promote a greater range of types, sizes, locations and tenures of housing?