Initiative counters unaffordable housing: Sullivan
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Mayor Sam Sullivan has responded to criticism of his proposed EcoDensity initiative by saying that it would help combat the city’s high real estate prices.
"The price of housing has become unaffordable for the majority of people in Vancouver," he said. "The only way we could possibly have young people purchasing in our city is to adopt new and innovative forms of housing."
On Tuesday, a loud and raucous crowd turned up at Vancouver City hall, with hundreds wanting to voice their opinions on the matter.
Mel Lehan of Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver called the initiative an excuse to build towers. Sullivan disagrees, saying that change could be as simple as turning a single-family home into a duplex.
"You could double the density of your city by having secondary suites and never notice a change in the neighbourhood," he said.
Sullivan’s EcoDensity plan was announced in June 2006 as an initiative to promote environmental sustainability. The idea is that densifying residential areas would mean housing more people on less land, reducing the need to spread on to agriculturally productive land.