Public Hearing Oct 27 Preview: Office tower Ontario & Broadway, TMH at 1580 Vernon (1st & Clark), Alma & Broadway 172ft tower and more

Temporary Modular Housing at Cambie and Dunsmuir. A similar two-building layout has been proposed for the industrially-zoned site at 1580 Vernon Drive (northwest corner of 1st and Clark)

Vancouver City Council has scheduled a Public Hearing for Tuesday, October 27th starting at 6 pm. The item that has garnered the most interest and comment is item #7, 3701-3743 West Broadway (for further information, please see our previous recent posts on this proposal (on controversy, financial cost to the public, and 6 reasons to reject). There are six other items on the agenda, so we’ll provide a brief overview of the entire meeting. It’s also worth noting that the 2020 Council Schedule did not designate October 27th as a ‘Public Hearing’ date, but rather as a ‘Council Reserve’ date (an open question is whether City Council is following its own rules with scheduling). The “reserve” dates of October 28th and 29th also appear in the calendar, with a 3 pm start, so it is more than possible that this Public Hearing will be reconvened on one or both of these dates in order to hear from all speakers.

Agenda Item #1 seeks to extend the time frame for allowing temporary patios for business that are located on private property until October 31, 2021.

Item #2 is a Heritage Revitalization Agreement that would consider designating 1215 West 16th Avenue (Baldwin Residence) as a ‘B’ category protected heritage building in return for allowing the infill of a new duplex.

Item #3, the rezoning of 376-406 West 45th Avenue is a change in zoning from RS-1 (single family) or RM-8A (1.2 FSR multiple family) to allow townhouses of up to 3 storeys on the site (11.5m / 37.4ft). There’s no submitted building design as that would be part of a future Development Permit application.

Item #4 is a proposal to put 98 units of Temporary Modular Housing in two buildings at an industrially-zoned site at 1580 Vernon Drive (northwest corner of 1st and Clark). This would involved a proposed land use change that would allow the Director of Planning to approve temporary modular housing on this site, which is currently designated as protected industrial land. The property at 1580 Vernon was previously used for year-round urban agriculture and contained large greenhouses managed by Sole Food. The City has not released any information about the intended operator for the site, whether this would be used as low-barrier housing, and if there would be any good neighbour agreements or community advisory panels. The site is opposite from the previously-approved complex for the northeast corner of 1st and Clark that will contain 97 units of social housing, a detox centre and a sobering centre. There’s no direct access to 1st and Clark from the site. The quickest route up to Clark is to walk south along Vernon under the Grandview Viaduct and up a steep hill on East 2nd Avenue. There are no sidewalks on Vernon Drive. In the vicinity of this site there is a scrapyard, a dusty silt recovery facility run by the City and a busy railway corridor. One asks, is this the most suitable available site suggested for TMH by the City’s Property Endowment Fund? Further details on this rezoning application can be found in a previous post (link here).

Item #5 on the agenda is a proposal for a 4-storey strata building at 203-263 West 49th Avenue. A total of 89 condo units are proposed, with commercial uses at grade with an overall Floor Space Ratio of 2.5. The overall height of the building would be 53 ft; the first floor height is up to 20 ft or 6.1m (this floor height steps down to 19’4″, 17’4″ and 16’4″). A Community Amenity Contribution of $1,338,386 is proposed. Not bad, considering that for towers seven or more times higher, Council has waived millions of dollars in developer and CACs under the MIRHPP “pilot program” which gives lucrative incentives to major developers, loading the burden on to taxpayers.

Item #6 is an application to put a 148 foot (12 storey) office tower at 24 East Broadway and 2520 Ontario Street, with a Floor Space Ratio of 7.5 and commercial uses at grade. It may be worth noting that the Mount Pleasant Community Plan (MPCP) had identified three sites for greater height and density. But this site is not one of them. The MPCP implementation process was completed in October of 2013. But City planners are not following this Community Plan. They are looking to the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan to rationalize the extra requested height and density. One asks then, what is the point of developing a community plan? And that segways into a big specific question: What is the point of the Vancouver Plan, and Broadway Corridor Plan, if it means nothing to planners?

For reference, reproduced below is the agenda

https://council.vancouver.ca/20201027/phea20201027ag.htm

Public Hearing
October 27, 2020

Date and location

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6 pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Please note:

  • This Public Hearing is to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, “Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3 ”.
  • Members of the public may attend City Hall to hear and watch the meeting proceedings, but are strongly urged to listen and watch the proceedings via the City’s website or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk.
  • Due to COVID-19, it is recommended that speakers participate by telephone or provide written submissions; however, limited space will be made available at City Hall to accommodate those who are unable to participate by telephone.
  • To participate in the public hearing process, you can register to speak in person or by telephone at the Public Hearing:
  • by going to the Council meeting page on the City’s website and selecting the meeting date, meeting type and agenda item(s) and specifying whether you will participate in person or by telephone; or
  • by calling 604.829.4238 and specifying which meeting date, meeting type and agenda item(s) you wish to speak to and whether you will address Council by telephone or in person.
  • If you want to participate by telephone then you must have access to a telephone, provide a telephone number that can be used to contact you, and an email address where instructions on when and how to call into the public hearing can be provided to you.
  • You can also register by telephone, on the day of the public hearing, between 5:30 pm and 6 pm, or 30 minutes before the hearing starts, at City Hall. For more information, visit vancouver.ca/publichearings
  • Send your comments to Council at https://vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-council-public-hearing.aspx.
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Questions about this agenda?

ROLL CALL

1. Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to allow Temporary Patios for Businesses on Private Property

CORRESPONDENCE:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other
October 23, 2020 (up to 10am)
1 PDF
0 PDF
1 PDF

2. Heritage Designation: 1215 West 16th Avenue – Baldwin Residence

3. Rezoning: 376-406 West 45th Avenue

4. Amendment to the Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan By-law for 1580 Vernon Drive

CORRESPONDENCE:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other
October 23, 2020 (up to 10am)
1 PDF
0 PDF

5. CD-1 Rezoning: 203-263 West 49th Avenue

6. CD-1 Rezoning: 24 East Broadway and 2520 Ontario Street

CORRESPONDENCE:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other
October 23, 2020 (up to 10am)
0PDF

7. CD-1 Rezoning: 3701-3743 West Broadway

CORRESPONDENCE:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other
October 23, 2020 (up to 10am)

BY-LAWS

Added – October 16, 2020
1. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 regarding temporary patios. Enactment of the attached By-law will implement Council’s resolution.

(Subject to approval of Item 1)

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TMH unit (single building) at 2132 Ash and 2nd Avenue. The proposal for 1580 Vernon Drive would contain two buildings similar to this one

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