An application submitted by Westbank to rezone the property at 156-180 West 2nd Avenue was posted on the ShapeYourCity website on December 16, 2021. The site is currently a production office for Citytv, SportsNet, OMNI and Rogers.
A maximum height of 46.5m / 152.5 ft. and a Floor Space Ratio of 6.0 is being requested for a mix of office (4 FSR) and light industrial uses (2 FSR). There is no specific form of development proposed; building form can be detailed during a future development permit phase. Currently the site is zoned as I-1 (Light Industrial) that allows for a Floor Space Ratio of 3.0 and a building height of 18.3m or 60 ft.
The ShapeYourCity webpage for this application does not contain a FAQ section, nor is there any mention of an Open House of any sort. There is a comment section that is currently open. There are a number of possible impacts on the surrounding area such as increasing industrial land prices and shading the north side of West 2nd Avenue. There’s also the issue of eroding and diluting the industrial land base (as offices can also be built elsewhere in areas zoned specifically for office space).
City Council approved a new zoning schedule (I-1C) as a ‘quick start action’ back on January 21, 2021 at a Public Hearing; the change is enabling this rezoning application to come forward. At a another site, a rezoning application for 328-360 West 2nd Avenue was approved back on October 14, 2021 that had the same parameters for height and density (6 FSR, 46.5m height). The Policy Report for 328-360 W 2nd Avenue determined a ‘Commercial Linkage Contribution’ of $592,444 for that site (area 1,744 sq. m. or 18,772 sq. ft.).
The Southeast False Creek ODP envisioned lower buildings on the south side of 2nd Avenue (diagram reproduced below). City staff ignored this direction and made no mention of it in their policy report (approved as mentioned on January 21, 2021).
Here’s a diagram from the January 21, 2021 Staff Presentation:
If a rezoning is approved at a future Council meeting, there’s always the possibility that the applicant will ask for other changes in the zoning in the future (as a text amendment, for example, to change height, density or land use parameters).