By a vote of 7 to 3, the motion to increase housing density in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighborhood was defeated.
The motion, presented by the Council. Christine Boyle sought to change regulations and policies that limit construction in Shaughnessy, one of the city’s least housing dense neighborhoods. The motion also proposed bringing more retail and services to the area.
The only three councilors to vote in favor of the motion were Boyle and the two Green Party councilors, Pete Fry and Adriane Carr. Boyle argued that intensifying Shaughnessy could help solve the city’s housing crisis.
However, the majority of council members, who are ABC party councillors, voted against the motion, saying other efforts were already underway to address housing supply issues and municipal staff were already overwhelmed of work.
“Am I in favor of increasing density in this area? Of course. Do we need this motion? No, we don’t. And so I wonder: is this just to divide the city? Advice. » said Rebecca Bligh.
Boyle argued that Shaughnessy’s current model is already divisive.
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“I want to say as a counterargument that I think having an entire central neighborhood that is off-limits to the vast majority of our residents is divisive,” Boyle said.
“The current situation is one of division. »
Fry took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to express his frustration with the vote.
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