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Duplex Special Study

Duplex Special Study MapThe Duplex Special Study will explore low density housing options (such as duplex development) for the 300 blocks of East 13th to 19th Street in consultation with area residents. This effort will contribute to the implementation of the City’s Housing Action Plan (2016) which established strategies to address the housing needs of City residents including the provision of smaller, more affordable ownership options and increasing the stock of accessory rental units in proximity to transit and services. 

The area was established as a Special Study Area during the 2014 Official Community Plan (OCP) update in response to a petition from area residents. Special Study Areas are areas that have been identified for a possible Schedule A Land use change at a later date in consultation with area residents. Through the Special Study, lands could be designated in the Official Community Plan and/or rezoned. 


Process

The process involves notifying owners and occupants within the study area by direct mail and area signage in the area with an invitation to participate. A survey of owners and occupants and nearby residents in the area will be conducted by mail (and available online). The Open House in the fall will present revised concepts based on input to date and an online feedback form will be used to gather input. Staff will present the results to Council in October to seek direction on next steps in the process. This may include direction to prepare bylaws for consideration of land use changes discussed during the process. A timeline is included below.

All associated materials will be posted on this webpage along with ongoing updates.

 

Opportunities for Input

There are a number of ways residents can participate in the process. The preference survey was mailed to residents in the area and the open house and online feedback form was available online until September 25, 2017. General emails and letters can be forwarded to the staff contact below or dropped off at City Hall. Staff can also be reached directly by email or phone via the contact information below or at City Hall at the Community Development counter.



Contact

Suzanne Smith
Planner 2, Community Development
Tel: 604-990-4240
Email: ssmith@cnv.org

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