23-storey tower at Davie and Cardero: no signs, notification or details. DPB review in November

London DrugsA 23-storey tower is being proposed at 1668 Davie Street right next to a London Drugs location in the West End. The only information at present about this tower project appears in an obscure location in a PDF about the current schedule of DP applications on the City’s website. There is no signage on the site to alert residents to the proposal, the City has not sent a notification letter to nearby residents and the design details are not even posted on the Development Application Information webpage. The project will apparently be reviewed by the Development Permit Board on November 30, 2015. Is there already a complete failure in the public consultation process?

1225 Cardero Regency Park

Existing Regency Park tower at Davie & Cardero, proposal seeks to put a second tower on site

One of the Urban Design considerations for this site is tower separation. There is already an existing tower on the site at Cardero and Davie (Regency Park, pictured in inset). A second tower on this site would likely have a tower separation distance in the range of 29.5m to 40m (97′ to 131′; it’s only an estimate as the City has not provided drawings for review). The Regency Park tower has a rectangular form with a width of 115 feet (35.25m) and a depth of 60 feet (18.3m). It would be very poor urban design to add a second tower this site (other parts of the West End have tower separation distances of 400′ along a block face).

This project is being considered as a Development Permit application and not as a rezoning that would go to Council. City Council changed the zoning for this section of Davie Street a couple of years ago to remove the need for Public Hearing. The old C5-A zoning allowed for a Floor Space Ratio up to 2.2; the updated zoning allows for further increases in density and a Floor Space Ratio of up to 7.0 if certain conditions are met. In theory, the planning department should give notice in due time to the public in order to accept project feedback.

The proposal is being put forward by Larco Investments (331750 BC Ltd.), according to the very brief description in the DP review schedule. Larco is the developer behind the Arbutus Mall expansion and the Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver.

For reference, we’ve reproduced the text of the description of the proposal from DP review schedule below (this is the second item with ‘Larco’, there appears to be an error with the DE number as this matches the previous application):

Larco 1668 Davie
1225 Cardero Regency Park 1225 Cardero London Drugs

1668 Davie / 1225Cardero Map
1225 Cardero London Drugs

The Regency Park tower is setback from Cardero Street. A second tower is proposed for this site (likely west of London Drugs)

The Regency Park tower is setback from Cardero Street. A second tower is proposed for this site (likely west of London Drugs)

3 thoughts on “23-storey tower at Davie and Cardero: no signs, notification or details. DPB review in November

  1. Great, more rental. This is what the West End needs.

    Tower separation will likely be minimum ~80′. That’ll leave plenty of space between it and the property to the west, allowing it to be redeveloped into a tower in the future.

  2. The primary question here is that of public consultation. City staff have scheduled a Development Permit Board meeting and there’s no signage on the property. The notification letters have not gone out. This is a major development proposal on Davie and prior to the updated West End plan it would have gone to Public Hearing as a rezoning. For due process, it’s imperative to give affected residents sufficient time to comment on the proposed development.

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