City Duo’s Guide to the AHCIRP – Helping Vancouver make an Affordable Choice

Last Update: June 23rd, 2022
This post will remain at the top of City Duo’s Homepage until the fate of all remaining proposals has been decided.

After I wrote our MIRHPPs guide (with Hannah’s help), we wondered how hard it would be to gather a list of all the homes proposed under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy since it was created in 2012. As you can see from the map below, my curiosity eventually won out and, a few hours later, this guide was born.

On November 26th, 2019 city council officially closed this policy to new enquiries, though any project submitted before this date was allowed to move forward (pg 16-17 A). Finally in December 2021, it was essentially replaced with the streamlined Secured Rental Policy.

Status

Pin Colour

Status

Line Colour

Approved Green Local Shopping Area (LSA) Red
Proposed Yellow
Enquiry Orange 500 M Range of LSA Blue
Withdrawn/Rejected Black

In total, 25 proposals that will create 1,469 rental homes have been approved, while one that would have provided 21 homes was rejected and another two that would have offered 158 homes have been withdrawn by their proponent. There are no projects scheduled for a public hearing. A lone rezoning applications for 124 rental homes which also includes a 37 space daycare remains at the rezoning stage.

This city-wide policy allowed for 6-storey buildings on properties along arterial streets within 500 meters of a “Local Shopping Area.” Outside that distance, sites are limited to 4 floors, and must be located within 100 meters of an arterial road.

However, it did not apply to areas that already permit 6 floor or taller buildings (e.g. Downtown, Yaletown, the West End), nor to those with a recently approved community plan (e.g. Grandview Woodland, the Cambie Corridor, and Marpole).

Though a cap on the amount of applications that can be filed under this program was eventually removed, it still forbid more than two within 10 blocks of each other on the same arterial road. Originally, applications in the 100 meter zone were limited to 3.5 floors, but this was relaxed to four floors by city council in 2018.

Referred To Public Hearing

Address

# Rental Homes

Date Of Council Meeting

     
     

 

Rezoning Application

Address

# Rental Homes

Open House Date

7018 Main St

124 (plus a 37 space daycare)

June 7th – June 27th 2021
(Online Open House)

 

Rejected/Withdrawn *

Address

# Rental Homes

Submitted

Rejected/ Withdrawn

3615 – 3645 Fraser St

64

January 14th, 2019
(Date of Pre-application Open House)
Before 2021 – Withdrawn by the applicant at the enquiry stage (details here)
4575 Granville St – First Application

21

June 2018 June 2019 – Rejected by city council. A second proposal was approved here in 2021.
3701 – 3743 W Broadway

94

December 2016
(Revised April, 2017)
Before November 2019 – Withdrawn by the applicant at the rezoning stage. A larger MIRHP Policy proposal was approved here in 2020.

*  Our understanding is that there have been far more proposals that were withdrawn, or rejected by city staff at the enquiry stage. However, as these are not made public, we cannot confirm how many have failed to proceed.

Approved

Address

# Rental Homes

Rezoning Submitted

Rezoning Approved

       

4408-4488 Fraser St and 707-709 E 29th

100

July 2021

June 2022

1515 W 49th Ave

8

March 2020
(Revised May 2021 & Feb 2022)

June 2022

4575 Granville St – Second Application

24

December 2020

October 2021

3449 – 3479 W 41st Ave & 5665 Collingwood St

114

May 2020
(Revised Sept. 2020)

September 2021

4426 – 4464 Knight St & 1406 E 28th Ave

72

June 2020

September 2021

1405 E 15th Ave & 3071 – 3047 Maddams St

81

June 2020

July 2021

3609 – 3687 Arbutus St

116

April 2020

June 2021

7280 Fraser St (in conjunction with 724 East 56th Ave)

95

December 2019

December 2020

724 East 56th Ave (in conjunction with 7280 Fraser St)

12

December 2019

December 2020

4570 Granville St & 1494 W 32nd Ave

81

December 2019

July 2020

6031 Dunbar St

9

December 2019

July 2020

686 E 22nd Ave, 3811-3833 Fraser St & 679 E 23rd Ave

121

June 2018

June 2019

708 – 796 Renfrew St & 2906 – 2908 E Georgia St

73

December 2018

June 2019

2715 W 12th Ave

14

August 2017

April 2019

5809 – 5811 Main St

12

November 2017

July 2018

2109 W 35th Ave

12

November 2017

July 2018

3560 – 3570 Hull St & 2070 – 2090 E 20th Ave

69

August 2017

July 2018

3281 – 3295 E 22nd Ave

55

May 2017

May 2018

3868 – 3898 Rupert St & 3304 – 3308 E 22nd Ave

98

May 2016

May 2017

1037 W King Edward Ave

36

July 2015

May 2016

3365 Commercial Dr & 1695 – 1775 E 18th Ave

114

March 2015

November 2016

2095 W 43rd Ave

17

July 2014

February 2015

3120 – 3184 Knight St

51

September 2013

May 2014

1729, 1733 & 1735 E 33rd Ave

31

September 2012

April 2014

3323 – 3367 E 4 th Ave

54

September 2013

March 2014

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