The City of Vancouver is considering a rezoning application to put Temporary Modular Housing (TMH) at 1325-1333 East Georgia Street. The site is one lot in from Clark Drive which is a designated truck route to the ports. The property is zoned as I-2 Industrial, and thus would need a change in designation to General Urban in order to allow for housing.
If TMH was located instead in a residential zone, then no rezoning would be required and it could go directly to a Development Permit. The property is 1,266 sq. metres and would probably support 40 to 50 units of Temporary Modular Housing. The City’s website doesn’t show any illustrations of housing form that is being proposed. There are nearby TMH buildings at 1131 Franklin Street and 1580 Vernon Drive. The City appears to be following a similar process to the one it followed for 1580 Vernon Drive, which was also on industrial land.
At the time of this writing, a rezoning information sign has not been posted on the property. Further information can be found on the City’s website at the following link: https://shapeyourcity.ca/1325-1333-e-georgia-st
The map below shows the current geographic distribution of TMH in Vancouver. Are certain parts of the City off limits for TMH? Or is it just a coincidence that there is no TMH west of Oak Street? How many of the current TMH sites are close to truck routes, railway tracks and Skytrain tracks?
The City’s Grandview-Woodland Community Plan contains the following section about the zone this property falls into:
6.4.4 Clark Industrial
Much of the western portion of Britannia-Woodland accommodates land for light industrial
use. The plan does not contemplate any land use changes in this industrial area but recommends
future work on design guidelines to improve safety and the public realm (see Cedar Cove,
Portside Industrial I-2 design guidelines policy).
It’s worth noting that there’s a mostly empty EasyPark parking lot at Adanac and Commercial Drive that could potentially be a site for TMH, yet the City is not suggesting that site instead. Adanac and Commercial is zoned residential (no rezoning needed), it’s closer to community services and not in the middle of an industrial zone beside a polluted truck route.
For reference, we’d copied the text of the application below:
1325-1333 E Georgia St: Amendments to the regional context statement official development plan
Vancouver is in a housing crisis – more than 2,000 people across the city are experiencing homelessness. People are suffering both physically and mentally. Creating safe, warm housing for people experiencing homelessness in our community continues to be a top priority for the City of Vancouver.
Temporary modular homes are located on vacant and underused sites across the city and are typically on site for a period up to 10 years.
All of the temporary modular buildings(External link) are operating well in neighbourhoods across the city. Residents have a safe place to live and are being connected with the services they need.
The sites, with a combined area of 1,266 sq. m, at 1325-1333 E Georgia St are being considered as a site for temporary modular housing.
This site is currently designated for Industrial(External link) use under the City’s Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan (RCS ODP) By-law(External link). To allow residential use, an amendment to the by-law is required. The amendment would temporarily change the designation of this site from Industrial to General Urban, while the property is occupied with Temporary Modular Housing. This proposed amendment will be presented for Council’s consideration later this year.
In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period will be held in place of an in-person open house for this project during the Development Permit stage. Please check back for dates.
Lu’ma Development Management
City of Vancouver
Excerpt from the City’s Grandview-Woodland Community Plan: