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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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