On Tuesday, 6 February, Vancouver City Council took its first steps towards creating a new policy program to "remove barriers to mass timber" and encourage more developers to utilize the building form.
The proposed Mass Timber Policy for Rezonings would allow additional height and density through the rezoning process, up to two additional floors on sites that currently allow for eight to 11 floors, and up to three additional floors on sites that currently allow for 12 or more floors.
The City conducted consultations with developers, development consultants, and architects, and found that additional density was a compelling incentive that was identified.
Projects that take advantage of the incentives must still meet the use and tenure requirements specified in the area plan, and other factors such as urban design considerations, view cones, and shadow impacts will still be evaluated and considered by the City.
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