What does the future hold for Vancouver's 1 & 2 family zoned neighbourhoods?

Since 2005, the Dynamic Cities Project has been an ever-evolving forum for discussing issues critical to our understanding of the past, present and future of our cities.

The DCP's current focus is a conversation about the future of Vancouver's 1&2 family neighbourhoods.

The DCP is a not-for-profit community-based initiative created by Vancouver residents (who also happen to be design, planning and architecture professionals) aiming to create a vibrant, dynamic city.

Character home retrofit in an RT duplex zone. Photo by Bryn Davidson

Character home retrofit in an RT duplex zone. Photo by Bryn Davidson

Vancouver's first 'Passive House' - an ultra-low-energy consuming home. Photo by Lucio Picciano via sabmagazine.com

Vancouver's first 'Passive House' - an ultra-low-energy consuming home. Photo by Lucio Picciano via sabmagazine.com


Why the focus on 1 & 2 family neighbourhoods?

Vancouver's 'Single Family' RS zones and duplex RT zones. Source: http://vancouver.ca/your-government/vanmap.aspx

Vancouver's 'Single Family' RS zones and duplex RT zones.
Source: http://vancouver.ca/your-government/vanmap.aspx

The 'Comprehensive Development' CD-1 zones; these zones are typically high density developments whose form is negotiated on a case by case basis.  Given the negotiated nature of these site's rezoning process, the CD-1 lots have been the focus of the discussion about how the City of Vancouver should urbanize.

The 'Comprehensive Development' CD-1 zones; these zones are typically high density developments whose form is negotiated on a case by case basis.  Given the negotiated nature of these site's rezoning process, the CD-1 lots have been the focus of the discussion about how the City of Vancouver should urbanize.

The city of Vancouver operates without a citywide plan, and - as a result - the evolution and densification of the city tends to happen either by:

  • rezoning applications for individual development projects
  • neighbourhood plans (including new zones, and rezoned districts)
  • updates to the zoning bylaw that allows for incrementally higher density (see the RS updates for basements and laneway houses)

With the exception of the RS updates, the city's efforts have tended to focus on commercial corridors and nodes while the majority of the city's land base (the 1 & 2 family zones) have been largely exempted from a broader discussion about how they might (or should) evolve in the future.  

This forum has been created as a way to start that conversation.


Mission, Goals and Values

(V.1.O Aug 2016)

Vision

Working together, we can create a dynamic city; a city that is sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable, interesting and fun.

 

Mission:

Our current mission is to examine the future of Vancouver's 1 and 2 family neighbourhoods in the context of the ecological, cultural and economic imperatives that are currently driving rapid change.

Values:

- Valuing awareness of global ecological imperatives, including the need for rapid reductions in GHG emissions, along with improvements to local ecological concerns

- Valuing diversity in urban forms, surprise, delight, and fine-grained urbanism (both old and new)

- Valuing the living aspects of 'intangible heritage', beyond a focus simply on 'character' aesthetics

- Valuing social diversity, including racial, gender, economic, and cultural diversity

- Valuing creative exploration, experimentation and the vibrancy that arises from those efforts