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The Grandview-Woodland Area Council is an association of the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood in Vancouver. We seek to inform and activate residents and to advocate for the protection and enrichment of our communinty.
The Public Hearing for the development proposed for 1780 East Broadway on the Safeway Site will begin on Thursday, July 7th at 6pm. The agenda for this Public Hearing is up and it’s already possible to send in comments. Speaker registration for the meeting will open early in the morning on Friday, June 24th, and will be available by 8:30am. A “Request to Speak” button will be available once the speaker sign up is available on the agenda page.
Former City of Vancouver Senior Urban Designer Scot Hein presented an overview of the current state of the Safeway site Rezoning Application on June 6th, 2022 at our monthly GWAC Public Forum. This presentation is available in its entirety in the following video.
Further details about the rezoning application at 1780 E Broadway is in a staff policy report that was referred to Public Hearing earlier this month by City Council. The No Safeway Megatowers group also has further analysis on this rezoning application.
There’s a Public Hearing starting at 6pm on April 12th to consider changing the zoning designation on two lots at 1325 and 1333 East Georgia Street to allow for Temporary Modular Housing units. This rezoning application is the third item on the Public Hearing agenda. The Temporary Modular Housing proposal appears under the following name:
3. Amendment to the Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan By-law for 1325 -1333 East Georgia Street
The policy report estimates that one Temporary Modular Housing building on the property could yield an approximate total of 30 self-contained studio units. Lu’ma, a non-profit housing society, would be the owner and operator of the temporary supportive social housing. Lu’ma has a portfolio of approximately 500 units.
There’s a house constructed in 1908 at the north end of the lot that would be preserved and used to provide tenant services and a kitchen. There’s no design or approximate site layout in this application. This would be part of a later development permit process if City Council were to approve the rezoning.
The site is currently zoned as Industrial Land and it is protected under Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy. This rezoning application seeks to change the land designation to General Urban to allow for residential uses such as Temporary Modular Housing. A similar process was undertaken at 1580 Vernon Drive, the current site of two Temporary Modular Housing buildings that provide a combined total of 98 units of housing on a site with an area of 60,810 sq. ft. The property at 1325-1333 East Georgia is considerably smaller at 12,486 sq. ft. A Community Advisory Committee for this housing site is not planned. Community Advisory Committees are fairly common and one was formed for 1580 Vernon Drive.
The City of Vancouver website has a compiled list of Temporary Modular Housing Buildings. All of the Temporary Modular Housing has been built east of Oak Street. Current City regulations allow the approval of Temporary Modular Housing through the development permit process; however, in this case the extra rezoning stage is needed as 1325-1333 East Georgia Street is Industrial Land. The site is expected to be used for Temporary Modular Housing for a period of 10 years.
There’s a 30-day public input comment period regarding the sought extension of the permit for the Centerm Expansion by a year. Further information about the permit amendment review can be found in the text of the letter reproduced below (emphasis added):
The Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project received a project permit from the port authority in April 2018, and the current permit will expire on April 30, 2022. The port authority is seeking an amendment to extend the project permit up to April 30, 2023.
While the construction of all components are progressing well in the midst of a global Covid-19 pandemic, the project completion date is now expected to be in April 2023. This permit amendment will allow the project flexibility to complete some construction activities before the project can be deemed complete.
The Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project is the largest infrastructure project that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has ever undertaken. The project includes an expansion of Centerm Container Terminal, and updates to port roads along the south shore, which connect to and service the terminal.
As part of the port authority’s permit amendment review process, a notice has been posted on the Impact Assessment Agency website and a 30-day public comment period is being held from October 15, 2021 to November 14, 2021. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the permit amendment request by visiting this website.
We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this important project as safely and efficiently as possible.
Join the Grandview Woodland Area Council for A Conversation with the Port of Vancouver This Monday, October 4th at 7:00PM
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82835290626?pwd=cFp4Ti9hdFl4YmpaYXBKUTRWeVRBUT09 Meeting ID: 828 3529 0626, Passcode: 777437 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kWEqo8fdc Have you always had questions for the Port? What goes on down there? Why can’t we go down there? Who is down there? Well this is your chance to find out answers to those and other questions such as: • when will the community have waterfront access, • hazardous materials transiting, • air quality management, • marine environmental initiatives & protections • port expansion & development (containers vs other) *CEP & SSAP • effect of ongoing expansion to Crab Park & New Brighton Park *tidal impacts • what are the environmental controls, both marine & land • who is monitoring results of such controls & results to date of monitoring • consequences for failing to meet goals, if that is the case
Come discuss all these topics and more with our guests from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
Understanding Vancouver Rats A Discussion about Rats, Other “Urban Wildlife” and Tips for How to Live with Them This Monday, July 5th at 7:00PM
Dr. Kaylee Byers will speak about the Vancouver Rat Project, Canada’s first interdisciplinary program of research which studies urban rats, the risks they pose to human health, and how we can better manage and live with them. Bring your questions.
Just a reminder that there will be no August meeting during our usual summer break. See you all in September.
No Megatowers at Safeway The No Megatowers citizens’ group has lawn signs available for supporters. If you’d like a sign, get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information at: nosafewaymegatowers.ca.
For reference, we’ve reproduced the following details about meetings related to the topic of non-market housing on the Britannia Community Centre Campus:
JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON NON-MARKET HOUSING The Britannia Renewal Master Plan identifies opportunities to locate non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. Help us understand opportunities and concerns relating to this by sharing your thoughts at one of our online events: WHAT? Community Conversations: Non-Market Housing
We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1885 E Pender St. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 6-storey social housing building for the Aaron Webster Housing Cooperative. The zoning would change from RM-4 (Residential) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:
64 social housing units as defined by the City of Vancouver’s Zoning and Development Bylaw
A floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.92
A floor area of 4,805 sq. m (51,718 sq. ft.)
A building height of 19.5 m (64 ft.)
29 vehicle parking spaces and 144 bicycle parking spaces