Larwill Park modular housing Open House Tuesday June 19th (VPL 5-7pm)

Larwill Park (688 Cambie) is an important staging ground for the film industry

An Open House for a proposal to build 98 units of modular housing in two buildings at 688 Cambie Street will take place at the Vancouver Public Library.

Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, 5-7pm
Meeting Room: Alice MacKay Room (lower level), 350 West Georgia
For interested residents who are unable to attend the Open House, comments can be submitted via email or regular mail prior to June 29, 2018, for consideration by staff.

The two buildings proposed on the site are to be situated on the eastern third of the site, along Dunsmuir Street. This would leave the remaining portion of the site open for a future Art Gallery, provided of course, that sufficient funds can be secured for its development.

The current EasyPark parking lot is also used for cultural events as well as normal parking for large events at BC Place and Rogers Arena (concerts, plus Canucks and Whitecaps games).

The lot is also a key staging ground for film crews, as it is one of the few sites left in the downtown core where large vehicles can park (unlike underground parking or parking garages, film productions need open space for big trucks and tents). The partial loss of Larwill Park for film productions in downtown Vancouver could make the work even more difficult. Film making is an important industry in the region providing thousands of jobs.

There is a strong general public acknowledgement that housing solutions are needed. But our policy makers need to juggle many tradeoffs. What options are there for other large lots for modular housing downtown? There could be a number of suitable alternatives worth considering, such as the former site of the Continental Hotel (Granville Loops, City-owned land).

The City needs to look at the costs and benefits of using each candidate site for modular housing. Certainly there are other important uses of the 688 Cambie site. In terms of geographical distribution of modular housing sites, none are currently proposed west of Oak Street. Would any sites on the Arbutus corridor be available? Should each neighbourhood provide a site for modular housing, after consultation with residents in determining the big picture of optimum sites? How long will these temporary modular housing projects last? Should the government try to provide more permanent housing?

Reproduced announcement from :

688 Cambie Proposed Temporary Modular Housing – Community Open House
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 5 – 7pm

The Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop on this site Temporary Modular Housing.

The proposal consists of:

•Two three-storey buildings containing a total of 98 socialhousing units;
•A Floor Space Ratio of 0.44 (approximately 56,680 sq.ft.)

•A maximum building height of 42.3 ft.
Under the site’s existing DD zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

To learn more, join us at a Community Open House!

We also welcome your written comments on this application by June 29, 2018. For more information and updates, visit:

Location Vancouver Public Library
Alice Mackay Room
350 W Georgia St (lower level)
Vancouver BC
V6B 6B3
Event type Open house / info session
Campaign, project, or topic Development application
Area Downtown
Audience All ages
Language English
Accessibility Accessible venue and parking
Organizer type City of Vancouver
Organizer City Of Vancouver
Phone 604-871-6022

Reproduced from the Development Applications webpage:

688 Cambie Street – Temporary Modular Housing – DP-2018-00501

The Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to provide Temporary Modular Housing on this site. The proposal consists of:

•  Two three-storey buildings containing a total of 98 social housing units;

•  A Floor Space Ratio of 0.44 (approximately 56,680 sq.ft.);and

•  A maximum building height of 42.3 ft.

Under the site’s existing DD zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

To learn more, join us at a Community Open House:

June 19 , 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Vancouver Publie Library, Alice MacKay Room
350 West Georgia Street (lowel level)

**wheelchair accessible via elevator**

You are welcome to drop by the open house at your convenience to speak with staff representatives.


We welcome your written comments (letter or e-mail) on these development applications. Comments should be received on, or before June 29 , 2018, to be considered in the staff review. However, written comments will be considered up until the date of decision.

Contact: Troy Tenney, Project Facilitator, , 604.871.6022

To assist you, a Glossary of key technical terms and a brief explanation of the application process is posted on our website at:

In reviewing this application, and before making a decision, the Director of Planning will also need to consider City by-law regulations, and Council-adopted policies and guidelines. Once a full application review is completed, a decision will be made. If you respond to this notification, we will keep you informed by re-notifying you as to the decision.

The submitted plans may be viewed at the Project Facilitator’s office, Development and Building Services Centre, 1st Floor at 515 West 10th Avenue between 8:30a.m. and 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday. Copies of City by-law regulations, policies and guidelines are available at the City’s website at or at either the Development and Building Services Centre (1st Floor, 515 West 10th Avenue) or the Central Public Library (350 West Georgia Street).

Please note that all comments and responses to this notification are subject to, and may be released, pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Act does, however, protect your privacy by prohibiting disclosure of personal information (such as names, addresses and other identifying information) where such a disclosure would be an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy.

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