British Columbia

Cambie Corridor plan means more family homes near Canada Line

Vancouver City Council is expected to approve the Cambie Corridor plan's final phase on Wednesday, which will see more affordable family homes built near the Canada Line.

More townhomes and row houses planned with two or three bedrooms for young families

Phase 3 of Vancouver's Cambie Corridor redevelopment plan calls for more family housing within a 10-minute walk of the Canada Line. (City of Vancouver)

Vancouver City Council is expected to approve the third and final phase of the Cambie Corridor plan on Wednesday, that will see more affordable ground-level family homes built within a 10-minute walk of the Canada Line.

Specifically Phase 3 calls for a gentle transition from the higher density housing right on Cambie Street into the surrounding neighbourhoods, which are currently dominated by single-family homes.

"We see this as a key opportunity to achieve many city wide goals around livability, sustainability and affordability, said assistant city planner Susan Haid on Tuesday. 

According to Haid, the new plan allows for more varied ground-oriented dwellings, such as townhomes and row housing, with two or three bedrooms for young families.

City planner Brian Jackson said they have also tried to avoid repeating mistakes made in plans for nearby Marpole, which upset many residents with changes to bring in higher density.

"We learned from that, that not all single-family neighbourhoods want to change," said Jackson.

The Phase 3 plan focuses on neighbourhoods that are not on Cambie Street or other main cross streets. (City of Vancouver)

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