February 01, 2022
Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s idea of jamming six strata units onto 33-foot lots will not provide the kind of livable, ground-oriented, family-friendly housing that Vancouver residents need, nor will it likely be affordable, says Elizabeth Murphy.
The mayor's Making Home plan “is not a plan; none of these things have been thought through,” the former City property development officer told CKNW’s Jas Johal Show. She called instead for proper neighbourhood-based planning for the kind of housing each area needs – suites, infill, strata, multifamily, co-ops – while taking local infrastructure and amenities into account. The city should also cut costs and permit times for building and renovating in existing zoning; something this council hasn't done, she noted. “We need a whole variety of things, but it needs to be done with proper planning, not just a motion at council.”
Elizabeth Murphy is Vice President of TEAM For a Livable Vancouver and chairs its planning and development policy committee.