Vancouver’s City Council will consider a City staff report recommending that parts of Chinatown, Hastings Street west of Main, and other parts of the Downtown Eastside be rezoned to allow higher buildings to be built. At its meeting this Thursday, January 20, at 2:00 p.m., Council will hear public input and decide whether to adopt the report.
Information on the review of building heights in the “Historic Area” and on the decision-making process are available on the following City web-pages: http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20110120/documents/penv4.pdf and http://vancouver.ca/hahr.
Strathcona residents may not be concerned with increased building heights in Chinatown or west of Main Street. However, they should consider that any decisions made about building heights in those areas may set precedents for increases to building heights along Hastings Street in Strathcona, or to building heights north of Hastings.
Residents concerned about an increase in building heights or resulting increases in population density may want to express their concerns at Thursday’s Council meeting.