"On October 3, 2017, Council approved amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw. The amendments introduce character retention incentives and increased opportunities for housing choice in all single-family (RS) zones across the city.
Character Home Zoning Review
Heritage and character buildings are valued by many Vancouver residents, and are an important component of defining neighbourhood identity and character.
In recent years, we've heard growing public concern over the loss of character homes in the city. We started the Character Home Zoning Review in response to these concerns as part of the Heritage Action Plan, a comprehensive program approved by Council in 2013 to review and improve how we support heritage conservation in Vancouver.
This Character Home Zoning Review explores ways to encourage retention of pre-1940 character homes in single-family (RS zoned) neighbourhoods.
City Council requested this work as part of the Heritage Action Plan (HAP), a comprehensive review of the City’s Heritage Conservation Program. In this phase, we are proposing retention incentives for character homes in all single-family (RS zoned) neighbourhoods across the city.
What can I do with my character home?
When a character house is retained, home owners have the opportunity to:
Before You Start Planning
Review the zoning schedules, guidelines, and policies before you start your plan:
Or contact the Well Balanced Designs team and we can answer any questions you have about adding additional floor area, converting your home to a Multiple Conversion Dwelling or building an infill in the City of Vancouver.
It's important to note that at this time lane homes are not eligible for strata title. If you'd like more information about building an infill or building a lane home, please contact us.
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