Changes to Chinatown policy contemplated, but too late for 105 Keefer

June 5, 2017 1:12 pm

the vancouver sun

Major changes may be coming to the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown development policy in the wake of public anger over a proposed 12-storey residential complex in the area.

Those changes, being prepared by staff now, include a ban on tall and wide buildings in favour of small, narrow lots for better character fit.

“The City wants to see the kind of development that makes Chinatown so special and unique to many of us. This includes smaller buildings with small storefronts, spaces for businesses and culture and housing for families,” according to a report posted on the city website over the weekend.

The change-up comes after consultations with Chinatown residents who said new developments in the area lack character, are “out of scale,” and are not worth the public benefits that come with them. Participants said the pace of development in the area was too swift and had put pressure on existing businesses and Chinese seniors, according to the city.

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