Public Hearing Sept 19 (Tues) jam-packed with crucial topics & changes: Density bonuses, delegation of council power, EFL, FC, MP, GW, RS Zones, heritage, character homes…

City Hall(Updated Sept 14. The agenda and documents went online yesterday. http://council.vancouver.ca/20170919/phea20170919ag.htm)

The first Public Hearing after Vancouver City Hall’s summer hiatus is jam packed with topics, some of which deserve close public scrutiny. As of today (Sept 11), the September 19 agenda is not yet online and probably won’t be for a few more days. However, page A8 of last week’s Vancouver Courier carries “Vancouver Matters” listing a number of CoV items coming up. We have scanned and used OCR to convert the image to text, provided below. We have not checked all the text, so please refer to the image files to verify important facts. Mark your calendars and watch for details when the City makes them public.

The advert says the public can view the draft bylaws in person at City Hall on Sept 8. But from experience, we know that they are not likely to be online until a few days before the Public Hearing, which allows people very little time to review the content. (If some of these items turn out to be problematic from the citizen/neighbourhood perspective, the October 18 by-election could be a good chance for voters to send a message.)

Some of the draft bylaws may be somewhere on the City website, but the City does not help by saying where to look. For example, item 11 appears to be here (July 25 Council meeting) but we have no guarantee that the actual text going to the Public Hearing is identical to what was presented to Council at that time.

Several of these topics deserve serious scrutiny, but for the moment, here are the headings, and further below, the full text.

  1. 2017 Inflationary Rate Adjustments to Density Bonus Contributions [Hint: Read the find print!]
  2. Amendment to the General Regulations to Delegate Discretionary Relaxation Powers to Expedite the Delivery of Low Cost Housing for Persons Receiving Assistance [Watch out – delegation of Council authority to public servants to make zoning changes with no council or public involvement?]
  3. 5471 Wales street [did not appear on the final official agenda]
  4. 1775-1795 West 16th Avenue  [did not appear on the final official agenda]
  5. 618 West 32nd Avenue
  6. East Fraser Lands Official Development Plan: Development Phasing Amendment
  7. 6137 Cambie Street (Chinese Presbyterian Church)
  8. False creek Flats Plan Implementation: Policy and By-law Amendments [Hint: Read the find print!]
  9. Heritage Density Bank Update and Zoning Amendments to Support Heritage Conservation [Hint: Read the find print!]
  10. Introducing Character Home Retention Incentives and New Housing Choices in RS Zones (Single-family) [Hint: Read the find print!]
  11. Increasing Housing Choice and Character Retention Incentives – in the Mount Pleasant and Grandview-Woodland Communities [Hint: Read the find print!]

Public Hearing:
September 19
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6 pm
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Third Floor, Council Chamber

Vancouver City Council will hold a Public Hearing to consider zoning and heritage amendments for these locations:

  1. 2017 Inflationary Rate Adjustments to Density Bonus Contributions
    To amend the Zoning and Development By-law to implement an inflationary rate adjustment to Density Bonus Contributions to increase the values of the affordable housing shares and the amenity shares in the RM-8 and RM-8N Districts Schedule and in the RM-9, RM-9A, RM-9N, RM-9AN, and RM-9BN Districts Schedule.
  2. Amendment to the General Regulations to Delegate Discretionary Relaxation Powers to Expedite the Delivery of Low Cost Housing for Persons Receiving Assistance
    To amend Section 3 – Administration of the Zoning and Development By-law, to delegate authority to the Director of Planning or the Development Permit Board, as the case may be, to relax zoning provisions to facilitate the approval of developments where a minimum of 70 per cent of all dwelling units within the development are used for low-cost housing for persons receiving assistance. The proposed amendments note that the Director of Planning or Development Permit Board’s authority to relax zoning regulations does not apply in any of the City’s RS and many RT zones.
  3. 5471 Wales street
    To designate as protected heritage property the exterior of the existing building at 5471 Wales Street, known as the Cantone Residence, which is listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register in the ‘B’ evaluation category.
  1. 1775-1795 West 16th Avenue
    To add the existing buildings at 1775 and 1785 West 16th Avenue (the Elson Residence and the Bayne Residence respectively) to the Vancouver Heritage Register i.n the ‘C’ evaluation category, and to add the Maguire Residence at 1795 West 16th Avenue to the Register in the ‘B’ evaluation category; and to designate the exteriors of all three buildings as protected heritage property.
  2. 618 West 32nd Avenue
    Jo rezone 618 West 32nd Avenue from RS-I (One-Family Dwelling) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District to permit the development of a six-storey residential building containing a total of 15 dwelling units, A height of 217 metres (71 feet) and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.45 are proposed.
  3. East Fraser Lands Official Development Plan: Development Phasing Amendment
    To amend the Development Phasing strategy in the East Fraser Lands Official Development Plan to allow parcels within the Town Square and Waterfront Precincts to be developed concurrently to make efficient use of infrastructure, improve connections between the Town Square and Park Precincts, minimize disruption to new residents, and respond to changing market conditions.
  4. 6137 cambie Street (Chinese Presbyterian Church)
    To rezone 6137 Cambie Street from -CD-I (12) (Comprehensive Develop- ment) District to a new CD-1 (Compre- hensive Development) District to permit the development of a seven-storey, mixed-use building containing a church replacement, 68 private childcare spaces and 20 for-profit affordable rental housing units. A height of 25.6 metres (84 feet) and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.08 are proposed.
  1. False creek Flats Plan Implementation: Policy and By-law Amendments
    To amend the Zoning and Development By-law to bring forward the zoning changes, consequential amendments, and accompanying development policies and guidelines to manage future development as laid out in the False Creek Flats Area Plan. The proposed provisions include a new rezoning policy for the False Creek Flats, a new FC-2 District Schedule, amendments tothe 1-2, 1-3, IC-3, and MC-I and MC-2 District Schedules, and amendments to the Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan.
  2. Heritage Density Bank Update and Zoning Amendments to Support Heritage Conservation
    To amend the Zoning and Development By-law to support heritage conservation by allowing increases to the permitted floor area up to a maximum of 10 per cent to be available through amenity shares for heritage conservation.
  3. Introducing Character Home Retention Incentives and New Housing Choices in RS Zones (Single-family)
    To amend the Zoning and Development By-law to introduce optional incentives for the retention of character homes and to add new housing choices into all RS (single-family) district schedules. The incentives include the addition of conditional approval uses: infill dwelling and multiple conversion dwelling, which could be rental or strata-titled units; additional floor area; and general relaxation provisions.
  4. Increasing Housing Choice and Character Retention Incentives – in the Mount Pleasant and Grandview-Woodland Communities
    To amend the Zoning and Development By-law to increase opportunities for housing choice and provide additional incentives for the retention of character houses. If approved, the proposed changes would amend the RT-5, RT-5A, RT-5N and RT-5AN Districts Schedule; rezone certain areas from RT-4, RT-4N, RT-5A, RT-5AN, RS-I, RS-4 and RS-7, all to RT-5/5N; and amend the RT-6 District Schedule.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE APPLICATIONS INCLUDING LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTIES: vancouver.ca/rezapps or 604-873-7038

Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed by-law amendments may speak at the Public Hearing. Please register individually beginning at 8:30 am on September 8 until 5 pm on the day of the Public Hearing by emailing publichearing@vancouver.ca or by phoning 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 publichearing@vancouver.ca, or by mail to: City of Vancouver; City Clerk’s Office, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor, Vancouver, BC, V5Y IV4. 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 on
September 8 at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue,
Third 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 (posted
approximately two business days after a meeting). For real time information on
the progress of City Council meetings, visit vancouver.ca/speaker-wait-times
or @VanCityCIerk on Twitter.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PUBLIC
HEARINGS, INCLUDING REGISTERING TO SPEAK:

vancouver.ca/publichearings

 

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