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Mayor Robertson pitches backyard-home policy to increase low-cost housing

Frances Bula
The Globe and Mail
Thursday, July 20, 2017

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But the new policy, aimed at giving owners incentives to preserve older houses and creating new housing by allowing additional rental or stratified units on their property, is one that many critics fear would not do much to provide real relief.

 “This just doesn’t go far enough,” said Adrian Crook, a tech entrepreneur who is involved with a volunteer advocacy group called Abundant Housing Vancouver. It is pushing for more inexpensive housing.

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Heritage rules could drive up the price of Vancouver homes

Chris Brown
CBC News - The National
February 27, 2017

Abundant Housing Vancouver is featured in a segment on the topic of the Character Home Zoning Review.

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Kerrisdale church's condo tower plan draws cricitism, support

Cheryl Chan
Vancouver Sun
February 26, 2017

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Brendan Dawe of Abundant Housing says wealthier neighbourhoods have been more protected from densification than other parts of the city, citing the rapid densification in Chinatown versus a proposed character-home zoning plan for the city’s west side that would preserve the area’s single-family character homes, but limit development. 

He said adding density in those neighbourhoods would make it more affordable for people who otherwise couldn’t afford to live in pricier parts of the city. 

“The west side of Vancouver is not just valuable because it’s affluent,” said Dawe. “It has a lot of access to jobs, education and transit, and there’s a lot of value to be unlocked for many people in Vancouver as opposed to the more exclusionary single-family homes.” 

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Vancouver Real Estate Today

CKNW AM 980
February 25, 2017

The Dunbar Ryerson United Church development proposal in Kerrisdale is discussed.

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'Feeling squeezed out': Will a move to save Vancouver's housing past compromise its future?

Chris Brown
CBC News
February 20, 2017
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"Are up to 12,000 pre-1940 homes — an immense swath of the city's housing supply — worth preserving at the expense of a younger generation of people who feel they'll never be able to afford them?"

"There's a whole lot of land in this town, but most of it is zoned for low-density family homes," said Brendan Dawe of Abundant Housing Vancouver, a group of housing activists who've been coming to council meetings to push back against the dominance of single-family homes in Vancouver zoning rules."

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Evenings with Kirk Lapointe - Housing Panel

Roundhouse Radio 98.3
January 25, 2017

Abundant Housing Vancouver's open letter to the City of Vancouver regarding the Character Home Zoning Review is discussed.

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Citizen activist groups blossom amidst Vancouver’s housing crisis

Kerry Gold
The Globe and Mail
January 15, 2017

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Mr. Crook believes the activism of Abundant Housing has helped convince municipal councils to approve projects that were controversial. The group does walking tours around neighbourhoods, and speaks at city hall in support of projects.

“We try to raise awareness of issues that have got us here – mostly the zoning issue – and if we continue with this broad single-family zoning, and these spot rezoning hearings, we are going to constantly run into same battles,” says Mr. Crook.

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January 9, 2017

Abundant Housing Vancouver's open letter to the City of Vancouver regarding the Character Home Zoning Review is discussed.

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Kurtis Doering
News 1130
January 9, 2017

An open letter signed by 25 local academics and activists calls on Vancouver city council to rethink their overhaul of zoning bylaws.

The Character Home Zoning Review aims to keep homes built before 1940 from being demolished while ensuring new buildings fit in with their existing neighbourhoods.

But Abundant Housing Vancouver Daniel Oleksiuk, one of the letter’s signatories, argues the proposed rules would limit the amount of new living space available, and make housing in the city even harder to afford.

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Densifying Vancouver housing for the young generation

Wanyee Li
Metro Vancouver
October 7, 2016

When 32-year-old Vancouverite Daniel Oleksiuk contemplates his future in the city, he sees a housing landscape that doesn’t bode well for his generation.

Oleksiuk, a lawyer, works downtown and currently rents a one-bedroom apartment in Mount Pleasant but sees no future in single-family houses. It’s a type of housing that is out of reach for most young people and yet 80 per cent of the city is zoned for exactly that.

“We’re either going to have to leave or we’re going to have to build housing of the type that makes sense for us,” said Oleksiuk, who also sits on the city’s Renters Advisory Committee...

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Advocates want developments instead of single-family houses in Vancouver

Frances Bula
The Globe and Mail
July 14, 2016

The trio of young men hanging out in the murkily lit lobby at Vancouver City Hall on this warm July evening seemed displaced at first from their natural habitat, a craft-beer pub or nouveau-ramen restaurant.

But the three have forsaken other activities for a couple of hours to participate in a show of support for new rental and condo projects.

“This building will give 109 households the same opportunities I’ve had,” 29-year-old Reilly Wood said when he got his chance to address city councillors, who were facing a series of public hearings about new projects that Tuesday... 

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The Pro-Growth YIMBY Movement Is Growing

Adele Peters
Fast Company 
July 11, 2016 

In 2013, a couple of years after Sonja Trauss moved to the Bay Area (when, despite the recession, looking for an apartment often already meant fighting with 20 other people at open houses), she started showing up at planning commission hearings in San Francisco. Her message was simple: The city needs to build more housing. Whatever project was in front of the commission, it should be approved.

"I just started getting other people to come with me, and we would testify about anything," she says. "We'd just sit there all afternoon and be like, 'We like this one, too.' It was so novel, it was weird, to have strangers from around the city—or West Oakland—come and represent the future renters. I got a really good response right away."

 

Housing unaffordability and neighbourhood opposition drives Vancouver's YIMBYs to support more density

Travis Lupick
The Georgia Straight
June 29, 2016

A new label is popping up in conversations about Vancouver real estate: YIMBY, or “yes in my back yard”.

“It’s a reaction to unaffordable housing prices,” Karen Sawatzky told the Straight. “It’s also in response to neighbourhood groups that are mostly made up of homeowners—that’s my perception—taking a stance against the development of rental buildings and multifamily buildings.”

Those groups would be NIMBYs in the dichotomous vocabulary that’s emerging from these debates. In contrast, YIMBYs support developments that add to the city’s housing supply...

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