Another Cambie Street Proposal; This Time on a Small Site

An application has been submitted under the Cambie Corridor Plan to rezone 7790 Cambie Street from RT-1 to CD-1 to allow a 6-storey rental building that includes:

  • 27 market housing units;
  • a building height of 70.5 ft. from grade;
  • a density of 2.70 FSR
  • 23 underground parking space

What’s unique about this proposal is that the site is only 118 ft x 72 ft. (8,501 SF).

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More Towers for Burquitlam

Two major developers will soon have proposals before Coquitlam city council to add to the massive growth now happening in a neighbourhood with a future Evergreen Line station.

Last week, more than 80 people were at an open house in Burquitlam hosted by Beedie Living, which plans to rezone its property west of the Como Lake Avenue and Clarke Road intersection for a 26-storey residential tower that would link in with the YWCA Como Lake Gardens facility.


Houtan Rafii, Beedie’s vice president of residential development, told The Tri-City News the feedback was positive about its bid to build 180 homes plus seven townhouses and an amenity space for the YWCA to expand its affordable housing services to single mothers and their kids.

Beedie’s proposal, which has been formally submitted to city staff, would also include a multi-level parkade as well as a vehicle roundabout, close to the Evergreen station. Rafii said Beedie’s bid fits in with the city’s transit-oriented development and affordable housing strategies.

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Avalon Dairy Developer Prepares Revised Proposal

A plan to develop the former Avalon Dairy property at 5805 Wales St. hit a snag earlier this month when the Urban Design Panel (UDP) voted 7-0 against a revised version of the proposal. But city staff say the proponent is working on further revisions based on advice from the UDP and is tentatively scheduled to go back before the panel March 26.

The UDP is an advisory body to the city. Its decisions are not binding on the city.

Avalonna Homes bought the Avalon Dairy property for $6 million in 2011. It’s zoned single-family residential, so the owner could subdivide it into 10 or 11 lots, but the city is willing to consider extra density in order to preserve the Craftsman-style farmhouse on the lot, which Avalon founder Jeremiah Crowley built in 1908.

The UDP voted unanimously against an earlier proposal in 2013. Brian Jackson, the city’s manager of planning and development, told the Courier that the panel cited many reasons, including too much density, the need for more space in front of the house for urban agriculture, concern about shadow impacts on the open space, and that the buildings are too close together and not family friendly.

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Shape Looks to Rezone for first Brentwood Mall Tower

The first tower being proposed in the transformation of Brentwood mall could give Burnaby a big boost in rental housing.

“A total of 591 apartment units are proposed, 300 of which are intended to be purpose-built rental units to be owned and operated by the developer, Shape Properties Corp. and their funding partners,” said a city staff report.

Shape Properties, which owns the mall, has applied for a rezoning of the southwest corner of the 28-acre mall site to allow for a 53-storey tower on top of a three-storey commercial podium for which it earlier applied for a rezoning…

The first tower would be located atop the commercial podium at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Halifax Street. The project would include two separate lobby areas complete with concierge services and elevators at ground level, with the rental lobby facing Willingdon and the strata lobby fronting onto Halifax.

The first floor of the tower, on top of the podium, would be a combined rental and strata amenity level, including a fitness facility, media and games rooms, lounge, kitchen and dining area and two guest suites.

From there, the first 25 floors will accommodate the rental units and the upper 27 levels will be designated for condominiums.

Townhouse Project Proposed for West King Edward

The City of Vancouver has received an application to rezone 587-599 West King Edward Avenue from RS-5  to CD-1 District. The proposal includes:

    • restoration and designation of the heritage house at 587 West King Edward Avenue;
    • 20 three-storey townhouses including five lane-facing lock-off units;
    • a density of 1.39 FSR
    • 40 underground parking spaces.

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Pearson Dogwood Site Takes Next Step Forward

Vancouver City Council will vote this week on whether to approve the Pearson Dogwood Policy Statement.

The Policy Statement will guide the rezoning and redevelopment of the 25.4 acre Pearson Dogwood site at Cambie and 59th that is controlled by the Province/Vancouver Coastal Health. It considers the future mix of uses, density, height, building forms, character, public spaces, circulation and movement, and parks and community facilities to serve the new and existing community.  Below is a summary:

  • a density of 2.8 FSR (gross)
  • 3-28 storey residential buildings mixed with community space, commercial space, and a new transit station


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Polygon Proposing 95-Unit Waterfront Project in North Vancouver

Polygon Homes has submitted a rezoning and OCP amendment application to the District of North Vancouver. They are proposing to redevelop 4 industrial lots on Dollarton Highway, just East of Cates Park. The plan calls for a 95 units; broken down as 80 condominium
units in three, 4 storey apartment buildings; and, 15 townhouses in five blocks containing 2 to 4 units, arranged along the waterfront.

Dollarton_PolygonThe 4.74 acre site consists of 4 industrial lots located on the south side of Dollarton Highway, immediately west of Cates Park/Whey-au-Wichen as illustrated on the aerial photograph.

The site is currently occupied by Noble Towing (Dollarton Shipyard) and McKenzie Barge and Marineways and has been historically used for ship building/repair purposes.

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