Proposed Changes to Eliminate Zoning Barriers and Increase Small-Scale, Multi-Unit Housing

By Sarah Jones and Harman Kang

On November 1, 2023, the Government of British Columbia proposed legislation that will amend zoning rules to reduce red tape and to create more small-scale, multi-unit homes. The changes aim to reduce redundant public hearing processes in certain circumstances, build more affordable housing, and plan for long-term housing needs.

It is important to note that these changes will not impact the City of Vancouver, though the Province has indicated it intends to work with the City of Vancouver to figure out how the new rules could apply.