The rezoning sign for a controversial rezoning at 1695 – 1775 East 18th Avenue is missing. The City of Vancouver has recently set the date of the Public Hearing for Tuesday, May 24th, starting at 6pm.
Further details on the rezoning can be found on the website of the Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours (CCAN) and also on the City of Vancouver Rezoning Centre. One of the lots that make up the rezoning site is currently owned by the City of Vancouver. Many mature trees would have to be cut down to make way for the proposal put forward by Cressey Development. The rezoning does not conform to the City’s Interim Rezoning Policy, according to CCAN, and the City’s own Vancouver Heritage Commission did not support the proposed rezoning.
The Cresseys are big donors to both Vision and to the BC Liberals. Check our recent post for ‘Cressey’ on a major donors to the ruling party, Vision Vancouver. The firm has also donated via numbered companies. Cressey is also responsible for the strongly opposed Arbutus Ridge redevelopment at 16th and Arbutus (Bowling alley / former Ridge Theatre site) among many other projects that have diminished community amenities and attractions. The City of Vancouver (i.e., the public) is actually a party to the development at Cedar Cottage / East 18th, as owner of one of the parcels in this land assembly. The absence of a notification sign on the rezoning site puts the public at a disadvantage, as passersby will have no idea that their last opportunity is imminent to provide public input into the land use decision affecting their community. The public has right to wonder whose interests our municipal government is looking after. You be the judge.
Reproduced below is a technical notice from the City about the upcoming Public Hearing:
Please find below information regarding the upcoming Public Hearing.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 6pm
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Third Floor, Council Chamber
3365 Commercial Drive and 1695-1775 East 18th Avenue
3365 Commercial Drive [Lot 4, Blocks A and B, District Lot 753, Plan 8865; PID: 009-908-056], 1695 East 18th Avenue [Lot 5, Blocks A and B, District Lot 753, Plan 8865; PID: 009-649-123], 1707 East 18th Avenue [Lot 3 Except the South 7 feet, Now Road Block A, District Lot 753, Plan 1795; PID:014-282-810], and 1775 East 18th Avenue [Lot 1, Block A, District Lot 753, Plan 1795; PID: 005-338-115], together with City-owned land at 1733 East 18th Avenue [Lot 2, Block A, District Lot 753, Plan 1795; PID: 009-908-200]
To rezone 3365 Commercial Drive and 1695-1775 East 18th Avenue from RS-2 (One-Family Dwelling) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. The rezoning proposal is to create two sub-areas with a combined floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.40 FSR. Sub-Area 1 proposes 110 secured market rental units, with a maximum building height of 18.3 metres (60 feet) and an FSR of 2.70. Sub-Area 2 will contain the heritage house currently located at 3365 Commercial Drive, restored and converted into two units, and a two-unit infill building. The heritage house will be relocated to face East 18th Avenue and be added to the Vancouver Heritage Register. A maximum height of 9.4 metres (30 feet) and an FSR of 0.96 are proposed in Sub-Area 2.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS APPLICATION:
Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed by-law amendments may speak at the Public Hearing. Please register individually before 5 pm, May 24, 2016, by emailing email@example.com or by calling 604.829.4238. You may also register in person at the door between 5:30 and 6 pm on the day of the Public Hearing. You may submit your comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to: City of Vancouver, City Clerk’s Office, 453 West 12th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4. All submitted comments will be distributed to Council and posted on the City’s website. Please visit vancouver.ca/publichearings for important details.
Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing starting May 13, 2016 at the City Clerk’s Department in City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All meetings of Council are webcast live at vancouver.ca/councilvideo, and minutes of Public Hearings are available at vancouver.ca/councilmeetings. (Minutes are posted approximately two business days after a meeting.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PUBLIC HEARINGS, INCLUDING REGISTERING TO SPEAK: