1885 E Pender St Rezoning Application

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

More info or Feedback here: https://shapeyourcity.ca/1885-e-pender-st
Public Hearing: May 18th, 2021

Affordable Housing Yes! Mega Towers No!

An avenue to voice your opinion, and gather more information on the proposed towers at the Safeway site at Commercial and Broadway.

Fight the Fortress!

  • These impersonal skyscrapers will spoil our neighbourhood, the tallest towering  over 340 feet high, equal to 39 storeys.  
  • The developer says they will be 30, 29 and 25 storeys tall – on TOP of the retail “plinth”. When the retail “plinth” – section – is taken into account, the building heights will be equal to 39, 34 and 30 storeys above ground level.
  • The Grandview Woodland Community Plan, which was passed in 2016 after painstaking consultation with the Grandview community, agreed to new housing in buildings ranging from 12 to 24 storeys at that Safeway site.
  • The Grandview Woodland plan calls for a generous, centrally-located public plaza.
  •  There is no real plaza – only a wide passage beside the noisy skytrain, all in shadow.  Bleak.

VERY LITTLE SOCIAL BENEFIT  20 non-market housing units is completely inadequate:
–for the massive size of the site
                  –for the height bonuses being requested
                  –for the city’s housing affordability crisis

There is a better design!

This previous design concept is more in keeping with what the community and City felt appropriate for this site.

Get Involved!

  • Tell the City what you think in this short survey
  • •Talk to friends and neighbours 
  • •Write letters of concern to Mayor and Council

The website includes a pre written letter to send to the Mayor and councillors, as well as a link to send to the organizers for more information.

2209-2249 East Broadway: 78 condo unit, 6-storey rezoning at Public Hearing January 23, 2020

The City of Vancouver has scheduled a Public Hearing on January 23, 2020 to consider whether to approve or reject a rezoning proposal for 2209-2249 East Broadway. A total of 87 condo units are proposed on a site assembly of 6 lots. A six storey building with a height of 70.5 ft (21.5m), a floor space ratio of 2.65 (64,465 sq. ft) and having a total of 95 underground parking spaces with access from the laneway is included in this rezoning application.

The Public Hearing starts at 6pm. Information on how sign up and speak to City Council is available at the top of the meeting agenda page: https://council.vancouver.ca/20200123/phea20200123ag.htm​. Letters can also be sent to publichearing@vancouver.ca regarding this rezoning.

While this item is #4 on the agenda, the first three items will likely take only a few minutes to review as those are very minor amendments. Hence 2209-2249 East Broadway will probably start with staff presentations between 6:15 and 6:45pm on Thursday, January 23rd at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue at Cambie). Links to the application, staff report and other resources are below.

The staff report regarding this proposal is available here (the last two pages contain a technical summary):
It is worth noting that a CAC (Community Amenity Contribution) of $1,112,327 has been proposed, but this has not been directly allocated. The CAC is “to support delivery of the Grandview-Woodland Public Benefit Strategy”. As such, the CAC could be sequestered by the City for years and not released for immediate use if the application were to be approved.

The plans and other technical details for the rezoning application can be found here:

A policy report that the City is referencing is the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. Section “6.7.3 Broadway East Multi-Family” on page 119 of the plan describes setbacks, heights and other criteria.

​The Final Report of the Citizens’ Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan contained the following direction regarding this site:
“16.23: We recommend a limit of four storeys residential along Broadway from Semlin Drive to Garden Drive. We recommend a limit of three storeys residential along the north side of East 10th Avenue from Semlin Drive to Garden Drive. See 16.12 for important recommendations about limiting impact of new developments on existing residents. “