Fourth Amazing Brentwood Tower to Include 506 Units

Shape Properties has submitted their rezoning application for Tower 5 of the Amazing Brentwood project. The tower is actually the fourth to be rezoned, with the first three towers now sold out and under construction.

This tower will be located at the Northeast corner of Willingdon Avenue and Halifax Street. Details include:

  • A 51-storey tower located above a 2-storey commercial podium
  • 506 condo units
  • 287 one-bedrooms, 190 two-bedrooms, 27 three-bedrooms & 2 four-bedrooms
  • 11.21 FAR (on net site)
  • 37,542 SF of commercial space
  • 673 parking stalls

Amazing Brentwood_1Once this phase is complete, the four towers will represent almost 2,000 units.

Four Tower Project Planned for Brentwood Site

Boffo Developments has submitted an application to rezone a 4.12 acre site at Lougheed and Springer in the Eastern part of the Brentwood Town Centre area of Burnaby. The site is currently comprised of five older industrial buildings located near the Holdom Skytrain Station. The current zoning is M-2.

The site has a designation of RM-5s designation in the Brentwood Town Centre Development Plan. Boffo is proposing a four-tower project to be established by a master plan over the entire site. Phase 1 would occur in the Northeast corner of the site, and future rezoning applications would be required for the subsequent three phases.

Details include:

  • Four residential towers from 25 to 40-storeys;
  • Above-ground parking screened by street fronting townhouses;
  • Extension of Lougheed Parkway concept along South side of Lougheed Hwy;
  • Public plaza at Lougheed and Springer Avenue.

5258 Lougheed

540-Units Planned for North Road Site

Onni has submitted their formal rezoning application for a site at 3249-3355 North Road on the Burnaby side of North Road in the Lougheed Town Centre area plan. The site sits immediately north of Shape’s City of Lougheed project.

The 151,116 SF site is comprised of a 1980’s era strip mall with office space, as well as a vacant lot. The plan for redevelopment of the property includes:

  • A 32-storey north condo tower & 36-storey south condo tower
  • A 14-storey office building with 160,000 SF of office space;
  • A 2-storey commercial podium fronting North Road;
  • 17,000 SF of retail space;
  • 540 total units;
  • 110 studios, 171 one-bedrooms, 196 two-bedrooms & 63 three-bedrooms;
  • A total density of 4.88 FAR;
  • A pedestrian plaza at the corner of North Road and Cameron Street
  • 1,100 parking space on 4 levels of underground parking.

3249 North Rd

Planning Underway for 40-Acre Willingdon Lands

Aquilini Development has submitted an initial rezoning application for a 40-acre site in Burnaby that they own jointly with the Musqueam Indian Band and the Tsleil-Watuth First Nation. The site has been used over the years by a variety of institutional uses and many of the existing facilities on the site are currently leased back by the Province. All of the remaining services on the site will be relocated off-site by 2019.

The site is currently zoned CD and allows for commercial and institutional uses. The current application seeks to establish a master plan for the entire site, and a development plan for the first phase to be located on the Northeast corner. While details are still vague at this point, general concepts include:

  • commercial, residential and amenity uses including a child care facility
  • 4-acre public open space or “commons” at the centre of the site
  • potential street linkages at South and West sides of site

Willingdon LandsThe existing CD zoning had been based upon the P6 and B2 Urban Office District guidelines and envisioned uses including: high tech and office uses, vocational and post secondary uses, health care and seniors care uses, emergency, transitional and supportive housing, as well as supporting accessory uses such as retail, residential and mixed-use.

Separate rezoning applications for the master plan and for phase 1 will be submitted as a next step.

The site was purchased from the Province in 2014 for $57.9 Million.

New Metrotown Downtown Plan Draft Released

The City of Burnaby has released a draft of the new Metrotown Downtown Plan, to be considered by City Council prior to adoption. The new plan comes after years of anticipation of finalizing planning efforts in Metrotown, which has seen rapid redevelopment following the City’s revision of the four town centre areas several years ago, and the creation of the ‘s’ zoning designation in 2010 that facilitated many of the highrise rezoning applications that have occurred in the past five years.

metrotown-planThe Metrotown Plan was originally drafted in 1977 and has been amended many times since. Planning efforts have been ongoing but the formal planning process got underway in the spring of 2016 with a draft report on the proposed changes in the plan area. The new plan seeks to designate Metrotown as the true core of Burnaby’s four town centre areas; essentially calling it Burnaby’s Downtown.

Core principles in the plan include:

  1. Creating an Official Downtown
  2. Establishing Neighbourhoods and Community
  3. Providing Greater Connectivity
  4. Enhancing the Public Realm
  5. Providing New Amenities

Of primary interest to those in the development industry are the proposed updates and changes to the land uses within the plan area.The changes will create some new density, but more importantly will clarify potential zoning and urban design possibilities in some of the peripheral areas of Metrotown that had been in limbo for several years. The plan also shapes potential large-scale rezonings in the core area for big sites along Kingsway.

The general land use map and zoning designation framework is included below (click for greater detail):

metrotown-plan_1metrotown-plan_2

Other highlights:

  • high density mixed-use sites will require a minimum site area of 1.5 acres and will require a minimum commercial use of 1:3 per residential uses. (1 commercial SF per 3 residential SF)
  • Core downtown sites with RM5s/C3 designation allowing density up to 11.0 FAR
  • Large scale sites such as Metropolis at Metrotown, Sears, Old Orchard Shopping Centre and Plaza 5000 will require Master Plans prior to rezoning enactment
  • Sites in the Maywood area (south of Beresford), subject of rampant speculation over the past few years, will become a mix of RM5s and RM4s, allowing heights of 12-30 storeys South of Beresford, and 4-storeys along Imperial
  • new highrise opportunities North of Kingsway between Boundary and Halley Avenue
  • the creation of Central Boulevard as an ‘entertainment and garden street’ with new retail opportunities
  • a significant new open space in a redeveloped Metrotown Mall site
  • minimum frontage of 200 feet and minimum site area of 24,000 SF for a single tower project
  • minimum frontage of 400 feet and minimum site area of 48,000 SF for a two tower project (minimum 80 foot tower separation)
  • 6 ft minimum front and side-yard setbacks for commercial/mixed-use developments, and 15 ft front and side-yard setbacks for residential developments
  • larger floorplates for residential buildings over 50-storeys only (8,100 SF max floorplate) – office towers exception

The plan does not contain a unique set of community benefit policies. The City of Burnaby’s Community Benefit Bonus Policy would apply to any rezoning being brought forward.

The full draft of the Metrotown Downtown Plan can be downloaded here: https://burnaby.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/?preview=16934