Town Hall meeting resolution on Affordable Housing, Purpose-Built Rentals calls on City Council to respect neighbourhood

About 150 people attended the West End Town Hall 2012 meeting at the Coast Plaza Hotel on Monday, June 4, 2012. It was openly advertised for one full week for any member of the public to attend. Two resolutions were adopted by a show of hands, with about 98% in favour. They will be conveyed to Vancouver City Council before the public hearing on June 11. The text of “Resolution 2 – Affordable Housing, Purpose-Built Rentals” follows.

WHEREAS we recognize the need for truly affordable rentals and purpose-built market rentals, and
WHEREAS the Short Term Incentives for Rental Housing (STIR, 2009) policy has had many shortcomings and resulted in impacts in our community, impacts that are likely to be further exacerbated by the Secured Market Rental Housing (2012) policy,
WE THEREFORE request that Vancouver City Council ensure that any programs promoting affordable housing and purpose-built rentals respect the scale and character of our neighbourhood, respect existing zoning provisions and development guidelines, and be implemented in our community only if there is demonstrated community support.
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