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Burnaby’s New Housing Plan Includes Rental-Only Zones Across The City

Rental-Only Zones

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Burnaby is taking a new approach to rental housing that’ll make it a leader in Canada. Burnaby City Council has endorsed an approach, which will include a series of firsts, including rental-only zones.

“This is about ensuring Burnaby is a city with vibrant, diverse neighbourhoods, where everyone feels at home,” said Mayor Mike Hurley.


The approach approved by Council on Monday sets in motion bylaw changes for the City of Burnaby that are a series of firsts in Metro Vancouver.

When complete, the changes will:

  • Create rental-only zones, right across the city
  • Require a minimum of 20% rental housing in all new developments, city-wide
  • Allow rental housing in commercial zones

In addition, the bylaw changes would also require 1:1 replacement of all units lost in the four Town Centres.

Back in 2018, the Province enacted the Residential Rental Tenure Zoning Amendment Act in May 2018. This enables local governments like in Burnaby to establish rental housing as a specific land use in multi-family residential areas.

Earlier this month, the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing presented 10 Quick Starts on May 13. The Task Force will be delivering its final report in July.


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