New Condos

Major rezoning downtown – burrard at davie.

Presentation – Monday June 24 at 5 p.m. 1234 Hornby. Marriot Hotel.

Proposal to add 800 suites and 800 cars at burrard and davie.

Combined with current CD proposals in the area, 10,000 cars are being added.

Also a 3 storey new car dealership which generates peak traffic daily.

There are already far too many cars in the downtown peninsula.

Burrard street is choked with cars at all hours of the day

It takes as long to get to granville and pender by transit from kitsilano pool as it does from

bridgeport, metrotown, or park royal. Even from Port Moody takes only 5 minutes longer.

Transportation 2040 states that 1/3 of the CO2 emissions in the City of Vancouver come from cars and light trucks

Council should take the initiative to reduce the number of cars in the city, especially downtown.  Instead in the current term this Council is adding 25,000 residential parking places.

Traffic congestion in the downtown peninsula is often rated among the worst cities in North America.

80% of those  wishing to purchase a condo here will probably have to buy a parking place as well.

So much for Council’s words about ‘Affordable Housing”.    With a mortgages of $335,000 @5% and 25 year amortization, the last five years of mortgage payments are for the parking place!  which a person might never use


Why live in the downtown peninsula if you ‘must’ have a car? It is no pleasure to drive it.

Council and City Planners need to be told to put a halt to additional cars,  to match actions to words.

Insist on a ratio of parking to suites of 1 to 3, better 1 to 5.

Absolutely insist on unbundling!

Attend the presentation.

Register as a speaker when it comes to public hearing before Council.

Log on to, find the application, submit your comment online    info@   Jun3 12, 2013


                                       Approval Process For Residential Developments

Major developments which increase the ratio of floor space to the area of the property above what the City’s zoning bylaws state for that area each require a rezoning bylaw. Applicatons can be seen at Developments which are within the existing bylaw merely require a development permit. These can be seen at

Each application is assigned to a Planner on City staff. A planner has several applications.
The public may e-mail to the Planner at or
These will get to the particular planner, but what impact they may have is uncertain. It is a common conception that since the City planner is career wise so like the developer’s people, and works with them often for years, that the Planner becomes really a part of the developer’s team. Evidence of this is that when the planner presents the project to Council, there’s little left for the Developer to say.

Many people believe that snail mail is not as easily ignored.

The public may also e-mail,

Every filing is available to the public online.
The detail can be overwhelming, it helps to have a screen about 30 inches wide in order to read it. With a little laptop a 3” magnifying glass helps.

A RezApp is normally presented at one or more open houses.
A RezApp must go to a special Council meeting at which the public may speak,
but by the time the motion is before Council public input must be overwhelming
in order to produce any effect.  The casino at BCPlace was turned down, little else ever is.
There is never a town hall meeting which would facilitate interchange of opinion among the public.
A DevApp is handled entirely by Staff.

Some Major Development Applications as of January 2013
There are 85 rezoning applications on at this time.
A huge percentage of them are for residential housing.

Here are three apartment applications within the downtown peninsula which add
up to well over a thousand suites and a thousand cars, plus
incredible a three storey automobile dealership right beside the Burrard Bridge..

Two more skyrises are proposed for main street near keefer.


Beach Towers 1600 Beach Avenue and 1651 Harwood Street

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6 pm

IBI/HB Architects, on behalf of Beach Towers Investments Inc., has submitted a revised application to rezone 1600 Beach Avenue and 1651 Harwood Street from RM-5A (Multiple Residential) District to Comprehensive Development (CD-1) District to add a total of 133 dwelling units to these sites. The existing property has 607 rental apartments in four towers (19 to 21 storeys) on two sites — 1600 Beach Avenue and 1651 Harwood Street. The application proposes the following:

Along Beach Avenue: add a 4-storey residential building with 2-storey townhouses …
At the corner of Harwood and Cardero Streets: add a 9-storey residential building.
On the Harwood Street site: along Harwood, add two 3-storey structures and 2 2-storey townhouses.

At Beach Avenue and Cardero Street: add a partially submerged one-storey amenity building.
The proposal would add approximately 99,993 sq. ft. of density, resulting in an increase in floor space ratio (FSR) from 3.42 to 4.32 (noting that the maximum permitted under the current zoning is 2.2 FSR). The applicant has applied under the Short Term Incentives for Rental Housing (STIR) Program and all the residential units are proposed to be market rental.


Rezoning – 1290 Burrard Street & 1281 Hornby Street
The City has received an application to rezone 1290 Burrard and 1281 Hornby Street from DD (Downtown) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. The proposal is for a mixed-use development as follows:
along Hornby Street, a 54-storey tower and a 36-storey tower, with a 7-storey podium, providing retail, office and residential uses, including rental housing;
along Burrard Street, a 13-storey office tower,
a 3-storey automotive dealership,
and a 2-storey retail building;
a proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 11.96; and
a maximum height of 534 ft. (the General Policy for Higher Buildings has identified this site as a location for a higher building).
You can still provide comments by filling out our online feedback form.


REVISED Rezoning Application – 1412-1460 Howe Street, 1410 and 1429 Granville Street, and 710 Pacific Street

Click to view larger site map

The City has received a revised application to rezone the sites at 1412-1460 Howe Street, 1429 and 1410 Granville Street, and 710 Pacific Street from BCPED (B.C. Place/Expo) and FCCDD (False Creek Comprehensive Development) Districts to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. The proposal is for a mixed-use development.

Changes from the previous submission (dated January 31, 2012) include:

Howe Street sites: a 51-storey (497 ft.) residential tower with a 9-storey podium including 600 residential units (of which 180 are market rental), commercial uses.
Granville Street and Pacific Street sites: 6-storey buildings providing retail and office uses. The Under the Granville Bridge Neighbourhood Commercial Centre Policies and Guidelines anticipate a locally-serving commercial node in this location.
Proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 5.1.


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