New Plan Could Bring Major Changes to West End

By Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun
November 21, 2013

Dense, old and full of character, Vancouver’s West End has been locked in planning limbo for years. Eyed eagerly by developers for its older stock of low-density rental housing but fiercely protected by its residents, the neighbourhood on the western third of the city’s downtown peninsula has resisted change as other neighbourhoods have densified. City Hall, wary of reigniting the fights that 20 years ago resulted in a policy restricting the rate of change in the area, left the West End alone while it reviewed other neighbourhood plans. But the West End faces a changing future after council adopted a new 30-year community plan Wednesday, following a public hearing that heard from dozens of people. This is one of the four neighbourhoods for which the city is developing new plans, including the Downtown Eastside, Grandview-Woodland and Marpole. More …

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