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
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.
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;
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;
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
The 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 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.
The 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:
Creating an Official Downtown
Establishing Neighbourhoods and Community
Providing Greater Connectivity
Enhancing the Public Realm
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):
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.