New Public Hearing on April 14th for high density tower in New Yaletown at 508 Helmcken. 1099 Richards at DPB on April 7th

508 Helmcken, artist's rendering

Brenhills’s proposed tower at 508 Helmcken, artist’s rendering

The City of Vancouver has scheduled a new Public Hearing for 508 Helmcken on Tuesday, April 14th starting at 6pm. This is the same design and rezoning proposal that was struck down by the BC Supreme Court in January of 2015. Staff have included additional details about the proposal in an updated Policy Report. The original CD-1 rezoning was approved on July 23, 2013 with the support of Vision Vancouver members of Council and opposed by NPA and Green Party Councillors; the main parameters are unchanged (36-storeys, 448 units, 17.19 FSR).

The updated Policy Report was referred to Public Hearing back on March 24, 2015. The video clip of the referral includes a number salient questions from Councillors:,012

Members of the public can sign up to speak starting at 8:30am on Thursday, April 2nd by sending an email to or by calling 604-829-4238. The details of the 508 Helmcken proposal are up on the Rezoning Centre webpage.

The other component of the complex land swap deal is the 13-storey development proposed for 1099 Richards Street to replace 87 units of social housing that are currently in the existing Jubilee House on the 508 Helmcken site, and to add 75 additional units of rental to proposed new building. The Development Permit Board will be reviewing this application again on Tuesday, April 7th, starting at 3pm. The original Development Permit was also struck down by the BC Supreme Court.

Details on the 1099 Richards Street proposal can be found on the Development Application website. Speakers can sign up to address the DP Board by registering via email (to or by calling 604-873-7469.

More background information on both proposals is available on the Community of New Yaletown (CANY) website.


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