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Council drops plan meant to curb demolitions of old houses

Mar 8, 2017 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Vancouver is backing off a plan aimed at discouraging homeowners from knocking down older houses by severely restricting the size of the new house they could build.

"We heard very strong disapproval of the 'downzoning,' " the city's chief planner, Gil Kelley, told council Tuesday.

As well, a city-commissioned report from a private company indicated that owners would see their property values drop by 5 per cent to 10 per cent if that kind of penalty were to be put in place.


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