Public Hearing June 18th – 1396 Richards, 3030 Broadway, 807 Powell and more

Five items are up for review at a Public Hearing scheduled at City Hall on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 starting at 6pm. The full agenda of the meeting and links to staff reports can be found on the city’s website.

The final item on the agenda is a rezoning for a 42-storey tower at 1396 Richards Street. This tower is on the same block as the 43-storey tower recently approved at 1300-1320 Richards Street on May 15th, 2013 by a 10-1 vote. The proposal at 1396 Richards has a density of 8.6 FSR. The same density for a residential development [can] be achieved at a substantially lower height. For further details, please refer to our earlier article the rest of 1300 block Richards (east) goes to Public Hearing June 18.

The proposed rezoning of 3030 East Broadway from Industrial (I-2) to CD-1 has been in the pipeline for a few years. The original proposal was submitted on December 16, 2010. B+H Bunting Coady Architects seeks to have approval for 5 buildings to be used as office space with a total area of 962,287 sq. ft or 89,399 m2 (FSR of 3.0).

3030 Broadway site (industrial zoning) 3030 Broadway rezoning sign

A Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA) at 2322 Ontario Street is being proposed. This HRA would give the building currently on the site a heritage designation in return for additional density in order to build a secondary suite on the property.

The rezoning at 807 Powell is being requested to allow for a change in use of the existing building on the site. The application a requests change from a M-2 to I-2 (rezoning between two industrial uses) to allow for up to 33% general office uses in the existing building. The rezoning is being made to an existing schedule (and not to a customized CD-1). No DCLs or CACs are being requested by the city as the staff report claims that the “proposed rezoning does not result in any increase in land value (land lift).”

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