Has the City of Vancouver already telegraphed future sites for Temporary Modular Housing?
In a presentation by Director of Planning Gil Kelley, four CD-1 sites were identified to be amended to allow for Temporary Modular Housing (TMH).
These sites are City-owned. The sites are located at 2610 Grandview Highway, 4170 Nanaimo Street (back lot), 3098 S.E. Marine / 3099 E. Kent and 3560-3590 Walker Street. These sites had previously been added to a policy document at the time of referral. As well, Temporary Modular Housing Design Guidelines were also passed. The changes were approved at a Public Hearing on December 13, 2016. There were a number of concerns raised about the future of the Copley Orchard at the time, which makes up part of the CD-310 (a portion of that site, at 3590 Copley Street has since been redeveloped as a TMH project).
It’s worth noting that the four sites are all on the Eastside. There’s a map of the distribution of TMH in Vancouver in our previous post: Temporary Modular Housing in Vancouver today (May 5, 2020). There isn’t a single TMH site west of Oak Street. It’s an open question if and when additional TMH units are planned in Vancouver, as much of the funding for the construction and operation of TMH has come from the Province. Perhaps readers can provide suggestions for suitable sites to locate future TMH projects.
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