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Character Home Zoning Review

Heritage and character buildings are valued by many Vancouver residents, and are an important component of defining neighbourhood identity and character.

In recent years, we've heard growing public concern over the loss of character homes in the city.

We started the Character Home Zoning Review in response to these concerns as part of the Heritage Action Plan, a comprehensive program approved by Council in 2013 to review and improve how we support heritage conservation in Vancouver.

What's happening

Open houses: Incentives for Character Home retention

Join us at an open house to review the proposed incentives and draft design guidelines for retaining character homes in single-family (RS) zones across the city. Ask questions and give your feedback. Get event details:

May 27 11:00am to 2:00pm May 30 5:00pm to 8:00pm May 31 5:00pm to 8:00pm

View the open house information boardsPDF file (3.7 MB)

Online questionnaire: Tell us what you think

Share your views on the proposed zoning  incentives and draft design guidelines for Character Home Retention. The questionnaire is open until June 18.

Take the questionnaire

Since last fall, we’ve been gathering feedback on what matters to you, which helped us refine the proposed incentives and draft guidelines. These include:

  • Increased floor area

  • Introduction of new housing unit types (such as infill and multiple conversion dwelling)
  • Unit stratification
  • Related zoning relaxations

We aren't pursuing changes to new construction at this time. Instead, there will be a broader public discussion of the role of single-family neighbourhoods across the city as part of the Housing Vancouver Strategy or other future planning programs.

What's a character home?

White house with green trim and shutters, with white picket fence in foreground

A character home:

Renovate or redevelop a character home

Vancouver character home

Character merit assessment

Request a character assessment for a house built before 1940 before you begin renovations or apply for development permits.

Share feedback, ask questions

Tanis Knowles Yarnell

Marco D’Agostini
Senior Planner

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