Citywide rental rezoning policy has huge implications, but final staff report/recommendations could go to Council next week before public input

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Above: This map by City of Vancouver only roughly shows areas affected by the proposed Streaming Rental program. City staff positioning to make their recommendations to City Council for approval even before the public input period and clarifications have even ended.  

CityHallWatch wrote previously about a crucial public survey regarding the proposed “Streaming Rental” program (see “Streaming Rental Survey on rental rezoning policy citywide, affecting RS, RT and C zones, with 6 storeys on arterials, 4-5 storeys off arterials”. City of Vancouver staff have previously advised members of the public that a planning staff report would be going to City Council in July to seek Council direction to proceed based on an update. The only remaining Council meetings in July are next week, on July 20 and 21. The Council agenda for those dates has yet to be posted online at the time this post (July 12).

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Staff propose a ‘Policy to Ignore Policy,’ giving staff more power and discretion in massaging early development enquiries. Council decision July 7

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An innocuously-titled paper, “Policy Enquiry Process: Approach and Criteria,” goes to Vancouver City Council committee meeting on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

However, its implications are huge. People who have closely observed how planning staff already work so closely with developers will find this effort by staff to claim more power is of big concern.

Our first hope would be for staff to withdraw the report at this time. Second best would be for Council not to approve the recommendations

Once you read the 19-page document (PDF link here) authored by Theresa O’Donnell, Vancouver’s new chief planner since April, you may agree it is a “Policy to Ignore Policy” as described by the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (see CVN letter here): 

It suggests allowing spot rezoning proposals to go forward for consideration even if they do not conform to any policy that would allow it. This would…

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Letter to Mayor and Council RE:CD-1 Rezoning: 1405 East 15th Avenue and 3047-3071 Maddams Street, Public Hearing July 6, 2021

We are residents and business owners from Cedar Cottage. We are the Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours (CCAN) with 83 members.

We are opposed to this rezoning as presented through the “Affordable Housing Policy” (AHC Policy).  We ask that you not approve it based on our objections as we state below.

The staff report to Council for this project says, on page 4:  https://council.vancouver.ca/20210608/documents/rr5.pdf

Rezoning applications considered under the AHC Policy must meet a number of criteria such as providing 100% of the residential floor area as secured rental housing, fitting contextually with neighbouring development and meeting location requirements. The subject site is located on an arterial and within 500 m of a local shopping area, where six-storeys buildings may be considered under the AHC Policy.

This project is not on an arterial. There is a lane and City easement between this proposal and the arterial.  All development over the easement is disallowed since 1963 into perpetuity. Attached is the easement document from Land Title that shows this.

The block faces for this project are on East 15th Avenue and Maddams Street, NOT the arterial.  The City says that if a lot faces off an arterial, within100 m from an arterial, then it can only at most be built to 4 storeys. Following is the link to the AHC Policy, see page 2:   https://bylaws.vancouver.ca/bulletin/policy-rezoning-affordable-housing-choices.pdf 

Below is a excerpt including the City’s definition of a block face:

The other issue is the fact that here are already 2 of these projects within 10 blocks of each other on ANY arterial.  That’s the City policy and it says that only two can be built to maintain neighbourhood character and this project will make three. 

Below, A & B, explain what our issues are with this project under AHC Policy.

A.   Following is the Council Report that states the ‘2 within a 10 block rule’ on any arterial, NOT just on the same arterial: http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20121003/documents/ptec20121003min.pdf

The Council Report on housing affordability says (on page 5 of 13):

Action 1: Implement an Interim Rezoning Policy that increases affordable housing choices in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods

• The maximum number of affordable housing rezoning applications be 20, and limited to 2 within ten blocks on any arterial, to maintain neighbourhood character;

Ø  There are already 2 of these types of projects within 10 block of each other on arterials and also within a 10 block radius.  There is one across the street from this proposal and a second one 7 blocks from the proposal; following are the addresses to the projects already built:

Ø  3120 to 3184 Knight

Ø  3365 Commercial Drive and 1695 to 1773 East 18th Avenue

B.  The fact is that in the Council report where the last one of these projects was built in our area just off an arterial, that report relied on the point that there would be no more of these in a 10 block radius.  If the City is going to use that reasoning for that project then the same reasoning should be used for this new project.  Again, this project will make too many of these projects in an area. Attached is a picture showing the 2 within a 10 block radius. Following explains this point:

The City has already validated the ‘2 within a 10 block radius rule’ because they used it with the Rezoning at 3560-3570 Hull Street which is off an arterial and referred to the rezoning at Commercial Drive & East 18th Avenue as the second project. Following is the link to that report for the Public Hearing of July 10, 2018 which shows this, please read page 5:    https://council.vancouver.ca/20180619/documents/p2.pdf

A maximum of 20 applications are permitted under this policy, and no more than two projects within 10 blocks along an arterial street. This is the second rezoning application within a 10-block radius (the first one approved was at 18th Avenue and Commercial Drive), thereby neutralizing this portion of Commercial Drive and the Victoria Diversion from future AHC applications. 

CCAN feels that the Corporate Policy AE-028-01, Code of Conduct of Feb 9 2021 is not being followed, especially we are relying on the fact that staff must follow the established policies. Following is the code link and what it says staff must do:   https://policy.vancouver.ca/AE02801.pdf

7.3   Staff are expected to:       • Give effect to the lawful policies, decisions and practices of Council, whether or not the staff member agrees with or approves of them

Page 7 of the Council Report says staff have analyzed the proposal against the RT-2 District Schedule.  We assert that the intent with development in this area to analyze the effect on adjacent properties and the character of the area.  This development is in fact a 7 storey building in an area of single family houses and therefore the massing and density is not compatible with the neighbourhood.

This proposal will create extreme shadowing on the houses to the north of the proposal.  If an amenity area is put on the roof this will create overlook to the houses and a lot of noise given there will be 82 units using this space.

Further, all the affordable housing buildings built in this area over the last few years have had vacancy signs up ever since they were built.  This shows us that too many units are being built in our area for the demand.

Thank you for considering our input. 

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1405 East 15th Avenue and 3047-3071 Maddams Street

PUBLIC HEARING:

·      JULY 6, 2021, Tuesday

·      6:00 pm

·      convened by electronic means:

to participate in the Public Hearing process, you can register to speak beginning at 8:30am on June 25 until 5:00pm on the day of the Public Hearing

  • OR, call: 604-829-4238
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Vancouver, East King Edward Avenue at Knight Street – Supportive Housing

The proposal for the site at 1406 and 1410 E King Edward Ave is in its preliminary stage and BC Housing is accepting public feedback before submitting a formal rezoning application to the City. If you would like to submit your feedback to BC, you may visit their website here. There is also dedicated Community Liaison available whom you can contact by emailing communityliaison@bchousing.org or calling 604-829-9321.

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90 homes for the homeless proposed for King Edward Avenue and Knight Street corner

The East Vancouver supportive housing project will be located on the vacant lot at the southeast corner of the intersection of Knight Street and King Edward, immediately adjacent to Kingcrest Park to the south and across from King Edward Village to the north.

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Developer changes topography, creates 13-foot drop in elevation between adjacent properties. City shrugs, says OK.

Dear Mayor and City Councilors

We are the Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours (CCAN), we are 81 strong. We are sending this as an open letter which we will post to the CCAN website.

A number of our members have alerted us to the fact that the developer Cressey, when relocating a “heritage” house from 3365 Commercial Drive to 1705 East 18th Avenue, created a severe drop in elevation between a neighbouring property and this relocated house. They did this in order to convert what was a basement in the original house into an additional storey.

When the City Planner, Berg Balantzyan saw what the developer had done he simply rubber-stamped it.  How is it possible that our very well educated, highly paid Planners in the Vancouver Planning Department can possibly think that creating a 13-foot drop in elevation between adjacent properties is acceptable, much less ‘good planning’? This is what happened at 1705 East 18th Avenue, The Conrad project at Commercial Drive and East 18th Avenue.

Are citizens to expect from now on that developers will be permitted to dig down, creating huge drops in elevation with neighbouring properties, so they can add extra storeys that are not part of the original rezoning? We are very concerned about the way the City of Vancouver Planning Department conducts itself.

It was alarming enough to learn that The Director of Planning, unbeknownst to citizens, makes changes to developments on the fly under the cover of “discretion”. Now we find that developers make major changes to what was originally approved, and planners just approve them, regardless of the impact on neighbours.

The Planning Department does not follow its own guidelines, bulletins, policies or Community Plans when reviewing development plans.  Why is that; do they feel they know better than the approved policies of City Council?

Why is the Vancouver Planning Department so protective of their development documents? 

Why does a property owner who is adversely affected by a new development have to pay hundreds of dollars through an FOI and then only receive a bit of information about changes in the development post public hearing? 

Why does this Mayor and City Council think so many citizens have lost confidence in the Vancouver Planning Department?  Could the reason be that the Vancouver Planning Department changes developments after the public hearing and behind doors closed to public scrutiny?  Are there not enough checks and balances done during the rezoning / development permit process?

As you can see, we have many unanswered questions and frustrations about how the Vancouver Planning Department conducts itself.

We members of CCAN, believe there is a need for change in the way the Vancouver Planning Department is run.  We request that there be a Development and Planning Ombudsman’s office dedicated to giving non-development industry citizens an objective ear to listen to and help resolve their concerns about developments. Dealing directly with the same department that is making these controversial development decisions is futile, because they simply defend whatever they do. 

In the meantime, the owner of the property next to this project, a CCAN member, needs some resolution from you to this unsightly, unsafe sheer 13-foot drop in elevation the City has allowed the developer to create beside her property. If you doubt that this drop is unsafe, we can provide pictures from Saturday of children playing on the top of this retaining wall, running back and forth, with no railing, over a 13 foot drop to concrete below.

Yours truly,
Mr. B. Straten, Secretary
On behalf of CCAN members (Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours)

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Thoughts on the Broadway Line and other developments

With respect to the NO MEGATOWERS AT SAFEWAY campaign and petition..

The information below might point to a couple of different angles of attack and perhaps some useful content for further posters, leafleting or press releases. 

Your petition highlights one of the major problems in the symbiotic relationship between developers and politicians. You note:

 “While we support increased density near a transit hub, …..”

Is this not the driving force behind the Broadway extension? The disruption to hundreds (or thousands?) of small businesses along the route will be catastrophic, but I guess they don’t count despite the lip service paid to them at voting time. 

This proposed line is largely in aid of carrying thousands of students into the maw of the great UBC MBA sausage machine – a once venerable institution that I attended in the sixties. In their future lives, if the worst trauma students encounter is waiting in line for a bus, they should be grateful.

If our frightfully resilient late capitalist society keeps rolling along as is, perhaps building affordable housing for students and the surrounding community on and around that gigantic campus might work better. They can then walk to school, uphill both ways as I did. 

Or, why not create alternative campuses for various disciplines (which SFU has done on a smaller scale) and spread out the population so you don’t have a good number of the 66,000 students heading in the same direction at the same time? Has the learned President of UBC or the politicians or city planners even considered this?

Yes, that would be quite an undertaking, but since the current $2.83 billion tax-payer funded price-tag for the line is sure to more than double (any bets?), why not give this idea a look? I can only guess that if it was considered, it was sniffed at because similar profits to those available under the current plan would not materialize.

There are unsettling parallels with experiences seen on the Canada Line:

The consortium which won the contract for the Broadway line with a $1.728 billion bid is led by a Spanish infrastructure giant and an Italian tunneling company. Their highly educated and trained upper management (and their shareholders) will do very well in running the show with, once again, a handy supply of foreign workers being paid far less than our home-grown men and women.

It is a PPPartnership, where we, the Public will absorb any over-runs and/or shortfalls while they, the Private consortium is guaranteed its profits. 

Or, why not vote in politicians who will listen? I suppose if you think like me that Kennedy Stewart is actually Gregor Robertson in a rubber mask (like in Mission Impossible), that won’t help much either. I’ll save for another time the issue of the co-optation of the city planning department by the developers. 

As many CCAN members are aware from such past fights, once conceived of, and the math done to show how much money is to be made, the projects under discussion have become a fait accompli that all the dog and pony shows of public input can never change – the earlier Grandview Woodlands Citizens Assembly recommendations being a case in point.

Jane Jacobs successfully led a similar battle in New York where her group took on Robert Moses who controlled Long Island State Park Commission, the New York State Council of Parks, the Jones Beach State Park Authority, the Bethpage State Park Authority, the New York City Park Department, the Triborough Bridge Authority and the Marine Parkway Authority, an institutional odd assortment but for lack of serious political opposition becoming a fiefdom from which he destroyed neighbourhoods and livelihoods in aid of building highways through them. 

When she de-camped to Toronto in 1968 with her two draft-aged sons, daughter and husband (her family opposed the Vietnam War) she joined a battle there to stop the Spadina Expressway and they succeeded in saving the neighbourhoods slated for destruction. Those little metal bastards (automobiles) drove the short-sighted reactionary thinking of the day. We have a relatively decent transit system worth protecting and expanding. Let us imagine and fight for means of doing so which don’t attack the very neighbourhoods they were built to serve.

Could we then all be invested in a vibrant, affordable, community life, lived in attractive neighbourhoods where some of your grandparents raised up the homes you still live in? Perhaps – if our current transit and urban planning gurus had enough vision to facilitate growth with that in mind rather than developers’ profits.

So, keep up the good fight. The alternative is to silently acquiesce to the predations of the developer class and their political minions – the lot of them greedy, short-sighted Philistines and hacks who see neighbourhoods simply as zones to be exploited and not living entities peopled by the very citizens they were elected to represent. 

In the meantime stay safe and well,

Brian Waite CCAN

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Urban Design Panel Zoom Meeting 4:00 pm, Oct 28 / 2020

A very important Zoom meeting through the City will be held tomorrow at 4:00 pm, Oct 28 / 20 with the UDP (Urban Design Panel). 

Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability
Urban Design Division

URBAN DESIGN PANEL AGENDA
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 04:00 pm
Place:
WebEx (Online Meeting)

04:00 pm Address: 1405 E 15th Avenue and 3071-3047 Maddams Street
Permit No.: RZ-2020-00029
Description: To develop a 6-storey residential building with 79 secured market rental
units over one level of underground parking consisting of 24 vehicle spaces and 135 bicycle spaces.
The maximum building height is 20.8 m (68.2 ft.), the total floor area is 4,557 sq. m (49,049 sq. ft.), and the floor space ratio (FSR) is 2.58. This application is being considered under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy.
Zoning: CD-1
Application Status: Rezoning Application
Review: First
Architect: Stuart Howard Architects
Staff: Carly Rosenblat & Patrick Chan

05:15 pm Address: 1780 E Broadway
Permit No.: RZ-2019-00040
Description: To develop the site with three residential towers, ranging in height from
26 to 31 storeys with retail at grade that includes a large format grocery store. Additionally, the proposal includes a childcare facility and a public plaza running parallel to the SkyTrain station. The proposal has a total of 236 strata units and 452 rental units. The total (FSR) floor area is approximately 59,297 sq. m (638,273 sq. ft.). This application is being considered under the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
Zoning: C-3A to CD-1 Application Status: Rezoning Application Review:
First Architect: Perkins + Will Architects
Staff: Kent MacDougall & Carl Stanford

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Safeway site 3 tower rezoning review at November 4, 2019 GWAC meeting

http://www.gwac.ca/news/safeway-site-3-tower-rezoning-review-at-november-4-2019-gwac-meeting
Learn more about the proposal to put three towers on the site of the Safeway at 1780 East Broadway.
The GWAC meeting on Monday, November 4th at 7pm (Britannia, Learning Resource Centre) will examine this rezoning application in much detail. Guest speakers will provide an overview of the application.
The City of Vancouver received this application on June 12, 2019; it was recently made public. The tallest of the three proposed towers is 102.1metres (335 feet) in height.
Check back for further details on the meeting.
The City’s rezoning application webpage contains further links on the proposal: 
http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1780ebroadway/index.htm
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Broadway and Commercial Safeway Site Rezoning

The City of Vancouver has received an application to rezone 1780 East Broadway from C-3A (Commercial) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. The proposal consists of a mixed-use development with residential (including strata, rental and social housing units), retail, office, a childcare facility, and a new public plaza. https://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1780ebroadway/index.htm

The proposal includes:

• commercial retail space at grade including a large format grocery store;
• three residential towers, ranging in height from 24 to 30 storeys above the retail plinth;
• a childcare facility;
• a public plaza running parallel to the SkyTrain station; and
• a total floor area of approximately 57,673 sq. m (620,784 sq. ft.).

This application is being considered under the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

You can provide comments on this rezoning application by filling out the City’s online feedback form

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My thoughts on the “Modular Homes” Issue

I decided to attend a community meeting last week to get more information on the City’s plan to put Modular Homes on vacant lots throughout the city to house the homeless. The particular one in question was near the Nanaimo Skytrain station. The meeting was organized by NEIGHBOURS AROUND THE NANAIMO STATION (NANS) and attended by Councillor Jean Swanson.  Members of the community were pleased to have a member of City Council attend and listen to their concerns, even though she did not see eye to eye with them.

With one exception, the attendees who spoke all expressed opposition to the plan, fearing that it would bring crime into the area. Councillor Swanson used anecdotal stories of two men, one in hospital after an operation who was not able to leave because he had no permanent home. The other was a man supposedly suffering from pneumonia in a wet sleeping bag in Oppenheimer Park. This struck me as a blatant appeal to emotion rather than a coherent argument. SRO hotel rooms with warm, dry beds were made available to the Park campers this summer, many just did not like that option, choosing to hold out for something better, or perhaps they like camping.  One speaker said that homeless people need more serious intervention, such as life training skill programs. Another sitting near the front turned to the attendees and pointed his finger shouting SHAME, SHAME!

Despite one speaker citing statistics of high numbers of police calls in other modular projects, Councillor Swanson insisted that most of those calls were not actual police incidents, but I don’t know what she meant by that. Councillor Swanson seemed intent on painting a picture of the homeless simply as harmless people in dire need, with no regard to risk assessment.  It appeared Councillor Swanson’s goal was to shame people into supporting the plan, which I found condescending.

Councillor Swanson also quoted some figures, between 2500 and 4000 homeless people currently in the city, and a cost of $150,000 per unit for the modular homes. Doing some quick math, if the building has 50 units, which is typical, that means it will cost the taxpayers $7.5 million to erect one of these.  Then there’s the ongoing cost of utilities, providing meals, and counselling, which would not be cheap. Let’s put the cost conservatively at $10 million, for one modular project, for 50 clients, with ¼ of that a yearly repeating cost.  But there are at least 2500 homeless, so multiply that $10 million times 50, that’s $500 million to house 2500 homeless people.

And what do we get for a half a billion dollars? The residents have no more life skills and no fewer personal problems than they had before, they’re just more comfortable. What incentive do they have to improve themselves with the City taking such good care of them? Is this a good use of taxpayer’s money?

What about the ordinary people working every day paying $1700 a month for studio suites not much better than modular houses, making their own meals and paying all their other bills?  Is this fair to them?

What is the message to people across Canada down on their luck? Come to Vancouver, pitch a tent in a park, stir up some trouble and you get a nice suite and two meals a day, what a deal!

And I don’t buy the glib dismissal of the safety issue. I have been watching the news lately about Oppenheimer Park. The problems there are stretching police resources to the limit, violent assaults, robberies, and recently, shootings. Those are the same people they want to bring into neighbourhoods.

I’m sorry Councillor Swanson but your rosy picture of the homeless population does not ring true.

I came to this meeting with an open mind, but I can’t support this whole idea. I think it is poorly thought out and a potential danger to communities.

Lee Chapelle

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Blockbuster Rezoning on Fraser Street

REZONING at 686-688 East 22nd Avenue, 3811-3891 Fraser Street and 679 East 23rd Avenue

This proposed development will result in five newer homes being demolished and sent to the landfill. Welcome to Vancouver, “The Greenest City”.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO OPPOSE THIS REZONING.  Following is the petition link:   

 

  • a total floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.28;  allowed 0.70 FSR
  • a building height of 21.5 m (71 ft.);  allowed 2 1/2 storeys
  • a total floor area of 9,813 sq. m (105,626 sq. ft.);

Concerns about this development are as follows:

  • access to public schools, daycares and other community amenities
  • affordable housing
  • space for local businesses
  • preservation of community character and diversity
  • safe and varied public spaces
  • building height
  • traffic
  • transit

Following links are for the Rezoning Application, the City Council report explaining the project, and the District Schedule that shows what is allowed in this City RT-2 zone.

https://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/686e22ndave/index.htm

Click to access p4.pdf

Click to access rt-2.pdf

Tuesday July 9 5:30 PM  — Public Hearing at City Council 453 West 12th Avenue

HOW YOU CAN HELP: register to speak in advance of the hearing by emailing publichearing@vancouver.ca or phoning 604-829-4238, starting on June 28, to have the most impact.

Attend the hearing on July 9 (without registering to speak) to support us. 

Register to speak at the hearing in person on July 9 between 5:30 and 6 PM.

Email your comments to publichearing@vancouver.ca

Sign our petition.

Please email us at fraserstreetneighbourhood@gmail.com if you plan to attend the hearing.

 

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New Community Group for Fraser Street Neighbourhood

Fraser Street Neighbourhood Committee

We are a coalition of residents of the Fraser Street neighbourhood who care about the development of Fraser Street between 16th and 41st Avenues.

Our goal is a Fraser Street Plan.

We are asking the city to pause new developments along Fraser Street to allow for consultation with community members and the development of a neighbourhood plan.

Development in our community must be thoughtful and responsive to the needs of residents, including affordable housing, space for local businesses, preservation of community character and diversity, safe and varied public spaces, and access to public schools, daycares and other community amenities.

What can you do?

We would love to hear from you about your vision for the future of the Fraser Street Neighbourhood!

  1. Email us at FraserStreetNeighbourhood@gmail.com to share your thoughts and concerns.
  2. Send us an email to sign up for our email list and receive updates on our activities and events. We will use this list to let you know when there are important in person or online opportunities to give your opinion on development proposals and other plans.

Check out our Google Map showing the development proposals in our neighbourhood:

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Rezoning Application for 1956 – 1990 Stainsbury Avenue PUBLIC HEARING:

Rezoning Application for  1956 – 1990 Stainsbury Avenue PUBLIC HEARING:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6 pm
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Third Floor, Council Chamber

Submit your comments to City Hall  by email to publichearing@vancouver.ca

Following is the link to the rezoning:    https://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1956-1990Stainsbury/index.htm

Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours (CCAN) registers its opposition to this rezoning project.

Through our experience in dealing with three large rental projects over the last five years in our neighbourhood, at Knight and 15th, Commercial Dr and 18th, and on Hull St at Victoria Dr, we realize, sadly, that this rezoning is already a done deal.  So, asking for our input is really tokenism.

Following are some issues with this current Stainsbury project

               ·         the building height is overbearing to the houses next to it; 18 m (59.2 feet) tall is equivalent to a 6 storey building 

               ·         the density doesn’t conform to 1.5 FSR in the Stainsbury triangle as on the North side so why allow 2.59 FSR on the South side in an RS 1 zone (small detached homes area)

               ·         there is a lack of parking, 80 units and 34 parking spaces – this area is already overcrowded with street parking

               ·         there is not enough ground level green space available to the public view, all setbacks are not large enough

               ·         the construction itself may well destroy the foundations and create a water damming effect on surrounding properties as happened with the project at Commercial Dr and E 18th; with no help from City building inspector as it becomes a P. ENG problem — private litigation

               ·         the schools in the area are overcrowded

               ·         the community centre is too crowded; no space for little kids

               ·         the large mature trees will be destroyed; we consider trees part of our heritage and a community amenity

               ·         there is too much traffic in the area now because of new developments

               ·         Cedar Cottage has been overburdened with this type of building that does not provide adequate parking.  There have already been 3 projects of this type in this immediate neighbourhood approved in the last 5 years, this will be the 4th.  The policy, for rentals with reduced parking and overbearingly tall, was supposed to limit projects to a minimum of ten blocks apart so the neighbourhood would not be unduly disrupted and to maintain neighbourhood character.  That’s gone out the window.

               ·         the rental building at Knight and 15th is on AirBNB; this project may end up on AirBNB too

               ·         the Knight and 15th rental building has had a FOR RENT sign posted outside ever since it was built two years ago

               ·         there was inadequate to no consultation with the neighbourhoods across Vancouver to allow such zoning changes in RS zones —- THIS IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVIOUR BY THE CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT!!!!  People buy into a neighbourhood expecting certain building attributes.

               ·         there is yet another one of these 6 storey projects being proposed at 1405 East 15th and 3047-3071 Madams St

               ·         spread these types of buildings across Vancouver if you must have them; STOP dumping them in Cedar Cottage

               ·         this type of project takes years to construct, that is years of noise and dust and disruption

To speak to Council, please register individually up to 5 pm on the day of the Public Hearing by emailing publichearing@vancouver.ca or by calling 604-829-4238. You may also register in person at the door between 5:30 and 6 pm on the day of the Public Hearing. Please visit vancouver.ca/publichearings for important details.

Copies of the draft by-laws are available for viewing at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All meetings of Council are webcast live at vancouver.ca/councilvideo  

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