Is City permitting STIR & Rental 100 developer incentives to be exploited by Airbnb users at $240/night?

AIRBNB description: “Hello! My name is [privacy protected] and I spend my time … near the ocean, just outside of Los Angeles, California. I also work in Vancouver, BC. After having stayed at various places as a guest through airBnb … I am now making my Vancouver apartment available when I am traveling. We do travel a […]

6-storey STIR project at 960 Kingsway sent to Public Hearing on February 18th

Vancouver City Council referred the controversial proposal for a 6-storey building at 960 Kingsway to Public Hearing. The details of the referral and the staff report were discussed at a Council meeting on January 21, 2014. Update: The Public Hearing has been confirmed for Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm; speakers can sign up by sending an […]

Council meetings Dec 3&4, Park Board Dec 2 – Preview 2014 Budgets, STIR/Rental 100 changes, Heritage report & more

Vancouver City Council has scheduled meetings on December 3rd and 4th, while Park Board will meet on December 2nd. The Council meeting on Tuesday will look at updating the STIR / Rental 100 programs in response to the WEN legal challenge. Six BIAs will be asking to extend the timeframe for their operations. In light […]

West End Neighbours Supreme Court petition pressures City to revise STIR and Rental 100 programs

(Updated) Today the community group West End Neighbours issued a media release announcing that the City of Vancouver has responded to WEN’s B.C. Supreme Court challenge of the bylaws underlying the Short Term Incentives for Rental (STIR) program and its successor, Rental 100. The City has advised WEN that it will be making changes to the legislation supporting […]

Five rezonings at Sept 24th Public Hearing: Strathcona tower, two STIR buildings, 755 W41st Ave & 7249 Cypress

The Public Hearing scheduled for Tuesday September 24th has 5 rezonings on the agenda. While the order of the items has not been released, the meeting will begin at 6pm. Anyone wishing to speak to Mayor and Council about any of the rezonings can sign up by sending an email to A listing of the […]

Debate erupts on Vision Vancouver definition of affordable housing. And City staff are overdue to report on STIR evaluation

(Updated) The Georgia Straight today carried a story online entitled “Vision Vancouver accused of “misleading” residents with use of term “affordable housing” (Carlito Pablo, 4-Sept-2013), referring to comments by Councillor Kerry Jang on a radio program. A firestorm has been unleashed in the online comments section, and municipal lawyer Jonathan Baker has come to Clr. […]

Beach Towers rezoning approved today, but expert said STIR won’t reduce rent prices, actually taxes home/condo buyers

(Updated Feb 27) On February 26, 2013, Vision Vancouver mayor and councillors voted as a block to approve the rezoning to create 133 new rental units at Beach Towers in the West End. NPA and Green councillors were opposed. Local residents have commented that once the yellow rezoning sign goes up, the deal has virtually […]

Good and Bad: Public hearing Feb 21 contrasts decent STIR rental project 4320 Slocan Street with 17-storey tower, gentrification project at 611 Main in Chinatown

(Epilogue: Council approved both of these rezonings on 21-Feb-2013.) The Public Hearing slated for 6 pm today, Thursday, February 21, 2013, has two items. First up is a rezoning for a 17-storey tower with high site density at 611 Main Street, and second is a rezoning for a 4–storey mixed-use building with commercial retail units […]