Replacement of rental in commercial areas

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Main St and E. 22nd Avenue facing  existing rental building in commercial area

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved a motion to extend rental replacement requirements under the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan (RHS ODP) to cover certain commercial areas of the city.

The RHS ODP currently applies to most apartment areas (RM, FM, and CD-1 zones) in the city. The intent of the RHS ODP is to protect against the loss of residential rental housing due to redevelopment. The Council direction is to extend the RHS ODP to cover properties containing existing rental in commercial areas zoned as C-2, C-2B, C-2C, and C-2C1 (see map).

Over the fall, we’ll be engaging with the public and stakeholders on the proposed policy changes. The proposed amendments to the Rental Housing Stock ODP will be presented to City Council for review and referral to public hearing on February 9, 2021.

Ways you can be involved:


Online Public Hearing: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm

This Public Hearing is to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, "Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3".

Due to COVID-19, a Public Health Order currently prohibits members of the public from attending the City’s Public Hearings in person. Members of the public can listen and watch the proceedings via the City’s website or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk. Speakers can participate by telephone or by providing written submissions.

Send your comments online(External link)

Request to speak by phone(External link)

(External link)

Or give feedback via mail to:

City of Vancouver, City Clerk’s Office

453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor

Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4

Requests to speak open at 8:30 am on Friday, February 26, 2021. Your comments and name will be published in the meeting record.

Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing at all times on the meeting agenda online, starting Friday, February 26, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Meeting minutes will also be available at this location approximately two business days after the hearing.

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved a motion to extend rental replacement requirements under the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan (RHS ODP) to cover certain commercial areas of the city.

The RHS ODP currently applies to most apartment areas (RM, FM, and CD-1 zones) in the city. The intent of the RHS ODP is to protect against the loss of residential rental housing due to redevelopment. The Council direction is to extend the RHS ODP to cover properties containing existing rental in commercial areas zoned as C-2, C-2B, C-2C, and C-2C1 (see map).

Over the fall, we’ll be engaging with the public and stakeholders on the proposed policy changes. The proposed amendments to the Rental Housing Stock ODP will be presented to City Council for review and referral to public hearing on February 9, 2021.

Ways you can be involved:


Online Public Hearing: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm

This Public Hearing is to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, "Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3".

Due to COVID-19, a Public Health Order currently prohibits members of the public from attending the City’s Public Hearings in person. Members of the public can listen and watch the proceedings via the City’s website or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk. Speakers can participate by telephone or by providing written submissions.

Send your comments online(External link)

Request to speak by phone(External link)

(External link)

Or give feedback via mail to:

City of Vancouver, City Clerk’s Office

453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor

Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4

Requests to speak open at 8:30 am on Friday, February 26, 2021. Your comments and name will be published in the meeting record.

Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing at all times on the meeting agenda online, starting Friday, February 26, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Meeting minutes will also be available at this location approximately two business days after the hearing.

  • Public Hearing Date set for March 11

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    16 Feb 2021

    The referral report on the Extension of the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to Require Rental Replacement in C-2, C-2B, C-2C, and C-2C1 Commercial Districts has been referred to public hearing for March 11, 2021.

    For more information on how to speak on the matter before Council or send in comments, please visit this page.

    The referral report on the Extension of the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to Require Rental Replacement in C-2, C-2B, C-2C, and C-2C1 Commercial Districts has been referred to public hearing for March 11, 2021.

    For more information on how to speak on the matter before Council or send in comments, please visit this page.

  • Council Referral Report Now Live

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    04 Feb 2021

    The referral report on the Extension of the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to Require Rental Replacement in C-2, C-2B, C-2C, and C-2C1 Commercial Districts is now posted on the City's website and will go before Council on Tuesday, February 9th.

    Should Council decide to refer the matter to a public hearing, a meeting date will be determined. We will share more details on how to send comments to Council, or how speak before Council in mid-February.

    The referral report on the Extension of the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to Require Rental Replacement in C-2, C-2B, C-2C, and C-2C1 Commercial Districts is now posted on the City's website and will go before Council on Tuesday, February 9th.

    Should Council decide to refer the matter to a public hearing, a meeting date will be determined. We will share more details on how to send comments to Council, or how speak before Council in mid-February.

  • Referral to Public Hearing Date

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    07 Jan 2021

    The proposed amendments to the Rental Housing Stock ODP will be presented to City Council for review and referral to public hearing on February 9, 2021.

    The proposed amendments to the Rental Housing Stock ODP will be presented to City Council for review and referral to public hearing on February 9, 2021.

  • Project Updates

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    07 Dec 2020

    The survey on the proposed extension of the Rental Housing Stock ODP to C2 zones is now closed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns. Staff are in the process of analyzing and summarizing the responses and comments for Council's consideration as part of the upcoming report.

    Public Hearing Referral
    The anticipated public hearing referral date will be in February 2021, we will update you on the exact date as soon as the Council meeting schedule is finalized.

    The survey on the proposed extension of the Rental Housing Stock ODP to C2 zones is now closed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns. Staff are in the process of analyzing and summarizing the responses and comments for Council's consideration as part of the upcoming report.

    Public Hearing Referral
    The anticipated public hearing referral date will be in February 2021, we will update you on the exact date as soon as the Council meeting schedule is finalized.

  • Survey Extended

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    29 Oct 2020

    The survey has reopened and the revised deadline for members of the public to share their feedback is on Monday, November 30. Thank you for your feedback.

    The survey has reopened and the revised deadline for members of the public to share their feedback is on Monday, November 30. Thank you for your feedback.

  • Public Hearing Date Extended to Q1 2021

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    20 Oct 2020


    The public hearing referral on the proposed policy change to extend the Rental Housing Stock ODP to C2 Areas has been extended to Q1 2021 (January – March). Thank you for filling out our Survey on Shape Your City, Staff will review consultation findings and incorporate them into the policy report for consideration to Council at the public hearing.

    We will update you in the coming weeks on the exact date of the Council meeting.


    The public hearing referral on the proposed policy change to extend the Rental Housing Stock ODP to C2 Areas has been extended to Q1 2021 (January – March). Thank you for filling out our Survey on Shape Your City, Staff will review consultation findings and incorporate them into the policy report for consideration to Council at the public hearing.

    We will update you in the coming weeks on the exact date of the Council meeting.