Master Plan for Landsdowne Mall Site to Include 24 Towers

The owner of Lansdowne Centre, Vanprop Investments, has submitted their formal OCP amendment application to the City of Richmond for the purpose of approving a Master Land Use Plan for the 50 acre site, located in the heart of Richmond’s City Centre at the centre of the Lansdowne Village. It is immediately adjacent to the Lansdowne Canada Line Station, and is bound by No.3 Road, Alderbridge Way, Kwantlen Street and Lansdowne Road. Initial plans to redevelop the mall were announced two years ago.

While the density for the site is already established in the City Centre Area Plan (“CCAP”), the Master Plan is required to organize the eventual phasing, massing and heights of the future mixed-use development, as well as the location of the 10 acre park planned for the site. City of Richmond council endorsement means that the proposal can now move toward a community consultation phase. 

The shopping centre on the site was built in 1977 and exemplifies the auto-oriented enclosed shopping centre design popular in the 60’s and 70’s. The arrival of the Canada Line in 2010 with a station right next door and the subsequent CCAP made this site a prime target for future redevelopment, particularly since the surface parking can accommodate immediate development without requiring demolition of the existing mall.

The site has a mix of zoning designations, including Urban Core T6 (up to 4.0 FAR) on the westerly 1/3 of the site, and Urban Centre T5 (up to 2.0 FAR) on the easterly 2/3 of the site. The CCAP also identified the site for a 10 acre linear park running east/west along the southern portion of the site fronting Lansdowne Road.

Here is a summary of some of the concepts identified in the proposed master plan which has already achieved support for moving through the next steps in the process:

  • An overall density of 2.77 FAR (approx. 6,000,000 SF)
  • 22 residential towers and 2 office towers
  • 73% of the density within 400 metres of Lansdowne Station
  • A 53,500 SF community amenity building at corner of No.3 Road & Lansdowne
  • A new 10 acre park in the centre of the site (revised shape from CCAP)
  • Retail/entertainment space with residential and office space above fronting Hazelbridge Way (high street)
  • A new civic plaza near the Canada Line Station
  • Building heights up to 47 metres
  • New north/south extension of Hazelbridge Way and Cooney Road between Alderbridge Way and Lansdowne Road
  • New east/west road to connect No. 3 Road and Kwantlen Street
  • Target of 2035 for entire build out

Next Steps

The proposed OCP amendment process will require further consultation and refinement to the details in the master plan before final council approval and subsequent rezoning applications for individual phases. Consultation would take place in the spring 2018 with approval likely later next year. Below is the City’s flowchart outlining the process:

Proposed Master Land Use Plan

The architect for the master plan is Dialog.

Sapperton Green Project Moves Closer to Reality

The preliminary master plan concept for the 38.5 acre Sapperton Green site has now been approved by the City of New Westminster, allowing the project to move forward to public consultation and eventual rezoning.

Plans to rezone and redevelop the current industrial property first came forward several years ago, with an application by Quadreal for OCP amendment approved in November 2015.

The site sits on the Eastern edge of New Westminster and is adjacent to Braid Skytrain Station. The site is currently improved with older industrial buildings currently used by Amazon.

Details of the proposed development within the preliminary master plan include:

  • 13 to 14 residential towers with midrises and townhouses
  • Approx. 3,700 units (half condo / half rental)
  • 3,400,000 SF of residential space
  • 800,000 to 1,150,000 SF of office space (mostly along Braid near the station)
  • 150,000 SF of retail space
  • 35,000 SF community centre facility
  • a central greenway running through the site in addition to a road network
  • park dedication equal to approx. 12% of the gross site area
  • a CAC to be determined

Sapperton GreenSapperton Green_5 Sapperton Green_2 Sapperton Green_1 Sapperton Green_4 Sapperton Green_3The first phase of the project would occur on the South and East portions of the site, the subsequent three phases would require demolition of the existing Amazon building.

It is anticipated that the rezoning application would be sent to public hearing in the Spring of 2018.

First Two Towers of Southgate Village Approved for Rezoning

The first phases of Ledingham McAllister’s Southgate Village project are moving forward through the rezoning process, with City of Burnaby council approval this week to go to public hearing.

Ledingham acquired the 48-acre former distribution centre in 2012 and received approval of a multi-phase master plan for the site in 2015, including 5.9 Million square feet of density (2.86 FAR). The master plan consists of five neighbourhoods, and the first two towers will be located in two of these neighbourhoods, each of which will be constructed in several phases.

The first two tower phases include:

“Precedence” (Gateway Neighbourhood)

  • a 32-storey apartment tower and 4-storey lowrise
  • 351 units
  • 94 one-bedrooms, 205 two-bedrooms, 16 three-bedrooms
  • tower height of 330.5 ft
  • 401 underground parking spaces


“Southgate Community Island 1 & 2” (Island Neighbourhood)

  • a 30-storey tower and 4-storey lowrise
  • 282 units
  • 69 one-bedrooms, 207 two-bedrooms, 6 three-bedrooms
  • a small park
  • 310 parking spaces

A new east-west public road will be built as part of this phase and will connect 18th Street to 12th Avenue.


New Master Plan for Larco’s New Westminster Site

New Westminster and Larco Investments have come up with a new master plan for developing its waterfront site.


It’s been nearly two decades since discussion on what to do with the Larco land located between the Fraser River Discovery Centre and Westminster Pier Park currently being used for parking. Previous plans called for five towers, with above-grade parking, but with nothing happening on it, the city went to Larco looking for more dynamic plans that could improve the connection between the waterfront and the Downtown, have better sightlines and still be economically viable for Larco.

The latest master plan revealed in a report to city council Monday calls for more open space, three towers instead of five to maintain sightlines, a dedicated park site of two acres, an extended waterfront esplanade, and a hotel.

It’s expected work could begin on amending the zoning in early 2014.

The plans call for three tall, slender towers on the western portion of the site with about 800 residential units. Townhouses would be incorporated into the base of the third tower while retail would be in the other two.

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