5 projects go to Urban Design Panel April 19 (Wed). Agenda published 60 minutes before meeting (includes 3365 Commercial + 4 projects)

UDP agendas as of 18-Apr-2017(Updated 2 pm, April 19. The agenda to this public meeting was published online on the City website just 60 minutes before its start. Unless they have been contacted directly by City staff, citizens affected by the projects probably have no idea this meeting is coming up. Project information crucial to the affected community is sometimes presented to the UDP that never gets repeated or fully documented. See list of projects at bottom of this post.)

(Original post April 18, noon) Tomorrow the Urban Design Panel is to review five projects, but the agenda has still not been made public. UDP meetings play an important role in the development process. It is a disservice to the public if agendas are not made public in a timely way. We have noted the same late public notification for UDP and Development Permit Board meetings many times.

The UDP advises City Council and staff about development proposals or policies, including major development applications, rezoning applications, and other projects of public interest. http://vancouver.ca/your-government/urban-design-panel.aspx

The City’s recently hired General Manager of Development, Buildings & Licensing, Kaye Krishna, has said that the roles of advisory bodies to City Council will be reviewed as a part of the “Housing Reset” process. That includes the UDP.

One community group has been informed that one of the projects the UDP will review tomorrow is a Cressey project at 3365 Commercial Drive and 1695 to 1775 East 18th Avenue, which we have covered before. It has attracted considerable controversy. This Cressey project is apparently fifth on the April 19 agenda, currently scheduled for 7:00 pm.  Comments about this proposal can be submitted to City staff from the website. This project will apparently not be seen by the Development Permit Board, but rather will be subject to a decision by one person: Director of Planning, Gil Kelley (Gil.Kelley@vancouver.ca).

More information on that development application is here: http://development.vancouver.ca/3365commercial/index.htm.

For more information on the neighbourhood perspective and the concerns about this project, visit Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours (http://ccan2013.ca/).

The UDP meeting is held at the main City Hall building (main floor, Town Hall Meeting Room). Members of the public are welcome to attend the Urban Design Panel meetings, but they are not permitted to speak.

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http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/committees/agenda-urban-design-panel-20170419.pdf.pdf

1. 3:15 pm
Address: 58 W Hastings Street
Permit No.:  RZ-2017-00016
Description: The proposal is for a ten-story mixed-use building with retail and health care office uses at grade, health care office on floors two and three, and residential above (222 social housing units), with a building height of 32 m (105 ft.), a floor area of 19,724 m2 (212,315 sq. ft), and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 6.60, all over one level of underground parking (71 vehicle spaces and 201 bicycle spaces, along with 5 Class B loading spaces at grade). This rezoning application is being considered under the Rezoning Policy for the Downtown Eastside and the Downtown Eastside Community Plan.
Zoning: DD to CD-1
Application Status: Rezoning Application
Review: First
Architect: W.T. Leung Architects (Wing Leung)
Staff: Linda Gillan & Patrick Chan

2. 4:15 pm
Address: 3701-3743 West Broadway
Permit No.: RZ-2016-00040
Description: The proposal is for a six-storey mixed-use building, with retail at grade and secured market rental units on all levels (94 dwelling units), a building height of 19.5 m (64 ft.), a floor area of 7,238 m2 (77,909 sq. ft.), and a proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.15, over three levels of underground parking (99 vehicle spaces and 142 bicycle spaces). This application is being considered under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy.
Zoning: C-2/RS-1 to CD-1
Application Status: Rezoning Application
Review: First
Architect: Henriquez Partners Architects (Veronica Gillies)
Staff: Rachel Harrison & Patrick O’Sullivan

3. 5:15 pm Address: 8795–8803 Granville Street
Permit No. RZ-2016-00049
Description: The proposal is for a six-storey mixed-use building with commercial at grade and residential above (19 dwelling units), with a building height of 20.1 m (66 ft.), and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.48, over two levels of underground parking (17 vehicle spaces and 25 bicycle spaces). The application is being considered under the Marpole Community Plan.
Zoning: RM-3A to CD-1
Application Status: Rezoning Application
Review: First
Architect: Matthew Cheng Architect Inc. (Matthew Cheng)
Staff: John Chapman & Tim Potter

4. 6:15 pm
Address: 619–675 W Hastings Street
Permit No. RZ-2016-00028
Description: The proposal is for a 28-storey office building with a height of 108 m (353 ft.), a floor area of 14,756 m2 (158,837 sq. ft.) and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 25.5, over five levels of underground parking (67 vehicle spaces), with seismic upgrading and heritage designation of the exterior façade of the RBC Building at 675 West Hastings Street. This rezoning application is being considered under the Rezoning Policy for the Central Business District (CBD) and CBD Shoulder, the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan and the Downtown (Except Downtown South)
Design Guidelines.
Zoning: DD to CD-1
Application Status: Rezoning Application
Review: First
Architect: Musson Cattell MacKay Partnership (Mark Thompson)
Staff: Michael Naylor & Marie Linehan

5. 7:15 pm
Address: 3365 Commercial Drive
Permit No. DP-2017-00181
Description: To develop the site with a 6-storey and a 4-storey residential building (comprised of 111 secured market rental units) and to restore the Class C heritage house at 3365 Commercial and to create 2 new strata titled units. Also, to construct a new infill duplex (strata titled) behind the heritage house.
Zoning: RS-2 to CD-1
Application Status: Complete Development Application
Review: Second (DP after RZ)
Architect: Yamamoto Architecture (Taizo Yamamoto)
Staff: Marie Linehan

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