Public Hearing for 12-storey tower proposed at 349 East 6th Avenue (Thursday, December 10, 2020)

A rezoning application for a 12-storey building at 349 East 6th Avenue began on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6pm; however, Council ran out of time to cover all of the items on the agenda. The Public Hearing will continue on Thursday, December 10th at 6pm. The rezoning for a 12-storey tower will the second of two items before Council on December 10th.

Click on the following URL to see the Council agenda:

https://council.vancouver.ca/20201202/ph20201202.htm

Click on this link for information regarding the proposed 12-storey tower:

https://shapeyourcity.ca/349-e-6-ave

A transfer protected rental housing stock from the adjacent property to this site is also at the Public Hearing as the first item on December 10th, called the “Amendment to the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan“. The amendment would apply Citywide to the zones covered by the Rental Housing Stock ODP. More information is available in the referral report.

 

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Urgent petition: ask Mayor/Council to postpone RT5/RT6 zoning amendments, get more community input (Public Hearing Sept 19-21)

Please read below and consider signing this petition: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-gregor-robertson-and-council-postpone-approval-of-vancouver-rt5-rt6-zoning-amendments-to-allow-community-input

The September 19-21, 2017 (Tuesday & Thursday) Public Hearing (the first one back after the summer hiatus), has nineteen (19!) items on the agenda. Among the items is this one:

Increasing Housing Choice and Character Retention Incentives – in the Mount Pleasant and Grandview-Woodland Communities
To amend the Zoning and Development By-law to increase opportunities for housing choice and provide additional incentives for the retention of character houses. If approved, the proposed changes would amend the RT-5, RT-5A, RT-5N and RT-5AN Districts Schedule; rezone certain areas from RT-4, RT-4N, RT-5A, RT-5AN, RS-I, RS-4 and RS-7, all to RT-5/5N; and amend the RT-6 District Schedule

The potential implications and pitfalls of these zoning changes could be huge, yet even the local neighbourhood association that follows these things very closely is saying that neither they nor the community at large have had adequate opportunity to review the proposed changes and comment on them. As we know, by the time something goes to a Public Hearing, the chances of significant changes are minuscule.

And so, citing the lack of public consultation on this, the Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) has launched a petition today asking Mayor and Council for more time.

Postpone approval of Vancouver RT5 RT6 zoning amendments to allow community input

Direct link here

The City of Vancouver has proposed changes to the RT5 and RT6 zones under a report to council dated July 25, 2017, that is referred to public hearing for approval. These changes have had little community input, only a few open houses, and most people in the community have not been adequately informed or involved by the city. Read the report published July 13, 2017 here. Continue reading

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Jane’s Walk Saturday May 7th 1pm

Walk Starts at Quebec ManorJoin us for a trip down memory lane. Find out about the urban design principles that shaped historical Mount Pleasant, Vancouver’s original suburb.

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 1pm – 3pm
Meeting place: Quebec Manor (East 7th Avenue and Quebec Street)
Destination: Heritage Hall, Main Street and East 15th Avenue

Additional details on the walk and a map of the route are available on the Jane’s Walk website.

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Height increase to 100′ proposed at Great Northern Way. Open House Sept 24, comments until Oct 22

565 Great Northern Way
A rezoning application for 565 Great Northern Way proposes an increase in the height of a future building from 60 feet to 100 feet. The City of Vancouver is accepting comments for consideration in a staff report on this proposed change until October 22nd. An Open House is organized for the following time and place:

Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 5pm to 8pm
577 Great Northern Way (“The Hanger”)

A number of concerns about this proposed rezoning include the following:

  • the sheer mass of the proposed future building
  • a height increase to 100′ (30.5m) will affect views from nearby streets (for example, East 5th Avenue)
  • the loss of large, mature pine trees that line the northern side of Great Northern Way
  • lack of public consultation prior to the rezoning application

For a height comparison, the Lee Building at Main and Broadway is 81 feet in height. The proposed future commercial office building would be approximately 25% higher than the Lee Building and it would have a considerably larger footprint.

565 Great Northern Way

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Jane’s Walk: Human Scale Urban and Architectural Heritage May 2nd, 1pm

Quebec Manor and Algonquin Apartments

Time: Saturday, May 2, 2015. 1-3pm
Start location: Quebec Manor (101 East 7th Avenue)

Summary: Join us for a trip down memory lane & learn about the urban design principles that shaped historical Mount Pleasant,Vancouver’s original suburb

Description: Join us for an Architectural Heritage and Human Scale Urbanism Walk in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver’s original suburb. Find out about the urban design principles that shaped the evolution of this historic neighbourhood. In addition to visiting landmark buildings such as the 103 year-old Quebec Manor, the Lee Building and the Wenonah Apartments, other points of interest include apartment blocks on Quebec Street, rowhouses on 10th Avenue and heritage homes on Ontario Street. Learn more about streetscape details and urban landscape elements. The tour will conclude at a local coffee shop – please feel free to join us after the walk!

Accessibility: Family friendly, dogs welcome, bicycles welcome, busy sidewalks

Taking Public Transit:

Take the 99B-Line bus or 9 Trolley bus to Main & Broadway, and walk one block west to Quebec and two blocks north to East 7th Avenue. Alternately, take the Skytrain to Main Street Station and take the #3 Main Street Trolley bus to 8th, and walk one block west to Quebec and one block north to 7th. The #19 and #8 Trolleys stop at 8th and Kingsway.

City Parking: Lot at 7th and Main (West side), street parking.

We’ll be congregating in front of Quebec Manor at 101 East 7th at the start of the walk. The walk leader is Lewis Villegas. We are also delighted to announce that Ned Jacobs (Jane Jacobs’ son) will be attendance.

Walk Starts at Quebec Manor

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Public Hearing Feb 17th on 275 Kingsway. Community Meeting February 11 (Wednesday)

Vancouver City Council will be reviewing the 202 unit tower proposal at 275 Kingsway on Tuesday, February 17th after 6pm. The full meeting agenda is now online (click here). Speakers who wish to address City Council can sign up to speak by sending an email to publichearing@vancouver.ca (please indicate the item 275 Kingsway, further details below).


Please come join us at an information meeting for all Mount Pleasant residents and other stakeholders concerning the upcoming Public Hearing for a high density tower proposal at 11th Avenue and Kingsway:

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:45 PM
Venue: Mount Pleasant Community Centre (Art Room, entrance from East 8th Avenue)
RAMP Community Meeting (Poster)

The City of Vancouver recently referred a proposal for a very high density, 14-storey tower at 275 Kingsway to a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 starting at 6pm. Further details about the hearing can be found on the City’s website here (alternate address: 333 East 11th Avenue).

The site for this proposed building was not contemplated under the the Mount Pleasant Community Plan. The proposed building height of 14-storeys (139 feet or 42.4m) is taller than other buildings in the area (the UNO, Stella, Sophia and Uptown).

The density proposed is substantially higher than buildings in the area. The staff report shows that a floor space ratio of 3.0 is the maximum allowed on the site, while 8.66 FSR is being requested. To put this into perspective, 49,110 sq ft of floor would be the maximum allowed under Central Broadway zoning, this compares to 147,330 sq ft proposed (or 4,562 m2 vs. 13,163 m2, or 280% of what is permitted). Other existing buildings in the area have a floor space of around 3.0 FSR (the UNO, Stella, Sophia, Uptown).

elevationThe City of Vancouver would normally collect required Development Cost Levies (DCLs) of $1,822,160 for 147,330 square feet of space. Instead, the staff report recommends that only $77,027 of DCLs be collected, and that the City forgo $1,745,133 that would help fund basic infrastructure. In addition, no Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) are being offered as part of this project. The CACs could be put into daycare, greenspaces, an outdoor pool, or other amenities to benefit the community. The CACs would be completely waived.

A total of 202 for profit market rental units are being proposed. The maximum rents that would be possible are shown in the staff report as $1,242 (studio), $1,561 (1 bedroom) and $1,972 (2 bedroom). Suggested initial rents are proposed as $1,050 (studio), $1,200 (1 bedroom) and $1,725 (2 bedroom). An influx of expensive rentals in the community can affect the rates for existing nearby rentals, as a provision under the RTA can allow other landlords in the area to request a rental rate hike (above the normally allowed annual rent increase).

275Kingsway model Oct 2013

Model of proposed high density tower (275 Kingsway / Tireland site)

This meeting will be focused solely on the rezoning application at 275 Kingsway (333 East 11th) and we will provide further background information on this proposal and on the Public Hearing.

Speakers who wish to address City Council on February 17th can sign up to speak by sending an email to publichearing@vancouver.ca (please indicate the item 275 Kingsway). Alternately registration is possible by calling 604-829-4238. We also suggest that speakers also ask for their number in line. The Public Hearing will start at 6pm at 453 West 12th Avenue (entrance from 12th Avenue, in Council Chambers on the third floor).

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Community meeting Feb 5th, 7pm (on 275 Kingsway Rezoning)

Please come join us at a planning session for all Mount Pleasant residents and other stakeholders at St Patrick’s Church.

RAMP Community Cafe
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:45 PM
Venue: St Patrick’s Church, corner of Main Street and 13th Avenue (2881 Main Street)
Refreshments and drinks provided
Doors open at 6:45pm

The City of Vancouver recently referred a proposal for a very high density, 14-storey tower at 275 Kingsway to a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 starting at 6pm. Further details about the hearing can be found on the City’s website here (alternate address: 333 East 11th Avenue). Continue reading

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Delayed: Skateboard facility report at Park Board (Jonathan Rogers Park)

Mount Pleasant Skateboard Facility Open House Boards - page 2 (cropped, enhanced, combined)[Update] The skateboard facility report has been withdrawn from the Park Board agenda for February 2, 2015. The board will not be hearing from speakers at this meeting, but rather at another meeting in the future.

Park Board was set to review a report that includes a proposal for a new Skateboard Facility in Mount Pleasant on Monday February 2nd.

The recommendation by staff was to construct a new facility in Jonathan Rogers Park (8th Avenue and Manitoba). Two options were considered by staff (Jonathan Rogers Park or Robson Park) and these were shown to the public at an Open House that was held on April 3, 2014.

Further details about the proposed changes are contained in the following Staff Report (to be updated):

Report1_MtPleasantSkateboardFacilityLocation-2015-02-02.pdf

China Creek South Park

China Creek Park Skateboard facility

Details about the public consultation process for the Skateboard facility can be found in a document released as part of a Freedom of Information Request (download PDF).

Changes have also been proposed for the current Skateboard facility in Mount Pleasant Park (along 16th Avenue and close to Manitoba). The second recommendation in the report was to “Approve the conversion of the Mount Pleasant Park skateboarding facility for beginner skateboarding use.”

The report made no recommendations about the other skateboard park in Mount Pleasant in China Creek Park (East 10th Avenue, west of Clark).

Open House (April 3, 2014), A number of comments:
comments on skateboard parkcomments skateboard

Mount Pleasant Park:
Skateboard facility
Jonathan Rogers Park (note: a specific location has not been identified for the proposed skateboard facility within the park):
Jonathan Rogers Park Jonathan Rogers Park Continue reading

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Follow-up meeting (civic election issues), Human Scale November 4th

Human Scale in Mount Pleasant
You are invited to join us for a meeting:

Tuesday, November 4th, 7pm

Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre,
Art Room (ground floor, entrance from East 8th Avenue)

Join us to talk about issues affecting Mount Pleasant and for a discussion on human scale urbanism.

We’ll have a look at the replanning of Christchurch, NZ and screen a short film. Discussion will follow afterwards.

There will also be time for free discussions about issues in the civic election and how these pertain to Mount Pleasant in particular.

All are welcome. Refreshments to be provided.

For reference, posted below are two videos from the Oct 20, 2014 candidates’ debate:

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Summary of candidates debate in Mount Pleasant (October 20, 2014)

Crowd Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall was completely packed for a Vancouver City Council Candidates’ debate held on October 20th, 2014.

We’d like to thank Miranda Nelson of the Straight for moderating the debate. A big thanks also goes out to all candidates who participated: Councillor George Affleck (NPA), Pete Fry (Green), Keith Higgins (COPE), Ken Low (NPA), Councillor Adriane Carr (Green), Nicholas Chernen (Cedar), Councillor Raymond Louie (Vision) and Tim Louis (COPE).

We will post additional photos and videos of the event. The first half of the debate consisted of  crowd-sourced questions. Questions from the floor were answered during the second half of the debate.

moderator and panel for Oct 20 Candidates debate

The following crowd-sourced questions were posed to the candidates:

A. Questions (First 3 to be answered by each candidate, 90 seconds):

A1. Form of development

UBC Professor Patrick Condon has stated that the population of Vancouver could be doubled by building only 4 storeys or lower along arterials.

Question: What is your view on the form of development for the City? (Should highrise towers be limited to the downtown core? Or should the tower form of development be used in neighbourhoods across Vancouver?)

A2. Public safety, property crime

The Surrey election is all about public safety. But in Vancouver, official statistics and the perception of crime may appear to be lower. Nonetheless, we received the following question from Mount Pleasant:

“What about safety in our neighbourhood? There have been numerous break-ins, assaults and thefts in stores and businesses. We worked hard for 10 years to rid the area of crime, but now it is back.”

Question: If elected, what will you do about property crime, bike theft, shoplifting and vandalism?

A3. Spot rezonings

Increasing density in a neighbourhood is often a lively and contentious issue. And debates about density are often about the building form (high rise, medium rise, low rise, etc.) that will be used to increase density.

Question: Should residents of neighbourhoods, such as Mount Pleasant, be given more choice in the way density is increased? If elected will you commit to stopping the practice of “spot rezoning”, particularly when it contravenes the content, intent and spirit of neighbourhood plans?

[RAMP addition: Several blocks from here a spot rezoning is proposed — at Kingsway and 11th Avenue — that was not contemplated under the Mount Pleasant Community Plan.

Question: What is your opinion of Council policies such as Rental 100 and the Interim Rezoning Policy that can override existing zoning and community plans?]

B. Questions for every second candidate (one from each party)

B1. Campaign finance disclosure (quick response)

The main mayoral candidates in Toronto announced that they will voluntarily release the list of their donors prior to their municipal election.

Questions: Do you think this example should be followed in Vancouver? (Yes or no.) As a show of good faith, will you (and/or your party) promise to release any of your campaign finance data BEFORE this election, even though it is not required by law? (Yes or no.)

[RAMP note: Legislation only requires election financial disclosure 90 days after the election.]

B2. Preservation of heritage homes and character homes

“I live in Kitsilano, and I am very unhappy about the demolition of perfectly good houses in my area. Some blocks have 4 to 5 houses demolished. We are losing our heritage in Kits, losing the community feeling with all of the empty houses and of course the ridiculous prices to buy, forcing long time residents to move away.”

Question: If elected would you work towards stopping the demolitions and consider saving the Hollywood Theatre and other cultural heritage assets?

[RAMP note: Mount Pleasant is also losing old homes. For example a 100-year-old building across from Guelph Park at 348 East 7th Avenue was demolished recently without a review by the City. This house was not on heritage register]

B3. The Downtown Historic Railway (question from “Friends of the Olympic Line”)

The City of Vancouver invested 8.5 million dollars in the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics for the Demonstration Streetcar from Granville Island to the Canada Line. This was three quarters of the investment needed to complete an operable community-connector streetcar service from Granville Island to Science World.

In the City’s proposed 2015-2018 Capital Plan, $400,000 of funding for “renewal of transit infrastructure” has been earmarked for “decommissioning” this Downtown Historic Railway. Many people believe there is considerable potential for a community streetcar service connecting False Creek Village’s 15,000 residents and surrounding Vancouver neighborhoods.

Question: What is your opinion of the idea of dismantling of the Historic Railway?

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