Open House for 1305-1335 Burrard, 17-storey tower rezoning, today, 5-8 pm

Download our recommended questions for the City and proponent of this rezoning here: 1305 Burrard open house questions, 10-Feb-2011
Read on below for more details on the open house today (Thursday, Feb 10, 5 to 8 pm) and rezoning application.Amacon Development Corporation has applied to rezone the site at 1305 Burrard Street from Downtown (DD) District to Comprehensive Development (CD-1) District. The proposal is for a 17-storey mixed-use building retail on the ground floor and residential units above. The rezoning would increase the permitted density from a maximum floor space ratio (FSR) of 5.0 to 7.32. A maximum height of 153.5 ft. is proposed. More information here:

Open House
5 – 8 pm, Thursday February 10, 2011
Cascadia Hotel, 1234 Hornby Street, Cypress Room

There will NOT BE a staff or developer presentation. Staff and the applicant will be present to answer questions. WEN notes that Amacon has applied to rezone the site to Comprehensive Development (CD-1) District with an increased in density from 5.0 FSR to 7.32 FSR. We urge people to ask questions like what is the rationale for the increase in density, does the site include the “landing” of heritage density, is rental or affordable housing proposed in the development? By about noon on the day, we hope to have a page you can download with some concerns you may wish to raise, and questions to ask

Links to relevant zoning and guidelines:

http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/bylaws/odp/dd.pdf

West End guidelines relevant to the properties to the west:

http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/guidelines/W002.pdf

West End Policy Plan:

http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/rezoning/applications/1401comox/documents/weresplan.pdf

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What are Your Concerns about 1305-1335 Burrard Rezoning? …Tell the City Your Views

Open House: 5 to 8 pm, Thursday February 10, 2011,

Cascadia Hotel, 1234 Hornby Street, Cypress Room

Amacon Development Corporation has applied to rezone the site at 1305 Burrard Street (currently Commercial Electronics) from Downtown (DD) District to Comprehensive Development (CD-1) District. Proposal: A 17-storey mixed-use building retail on ground floor and residential units above. Rezoning would increase permitted density from maximum floor space ratio (FSR) of 5.0 to 7.32. Visit http://www.vancouver.ca/rezapps for details.

General questions:

o   Will there be shadowing and loss of sunlight for adjacent buildings?

o   Will it impact views?

o   Will there be loss of privacy?

o   Will there be loss of public spaces?

o   Will there be a loss of green space?

o   Is there enough community space?

o   Will it set a precedent for more high-rises in the area?

o   Do we need a longer-term plan for the West End?

o   Will there be construction impacts?

o         Do our local schools have enough places for children who may move to this building?

More detailed questions:

o What is Amacon’s rationale for this increase in density?

o Does the site include the “landing” of heritage density?

o Is rental or affordable housing proposed in the development?

o What City policies are being implemented to allow for the proposed increase in density? Why would the City support this?

o Given that the City has declared rental housing to be a priority, is the City requiring the density bonus above 5.0 to be in the form of rental housing?

o Is the City planning to respect Council’s existing development guidelines for tower separation in the West End?  How does the City define a “tower”?

o Is every tower assumed to have a seven story podium that is exempt from the tower separation guidelines?  This would appear to circumvent the original intent of the guideline which was established before the “Tower and Podium” format was common in Vancouver.  In any case, the building appears to reflect more of a “stepped tower” rather than a true podium format.

o Buildings at 1010 Burnaby Street and 1020 Harwood Street were built to include significant setbacks from their property lines, open space, and a lower floorspace ratio. The construction of tower at the density proposed for 1305-1335 Burrard Street has the likelihood of creating unpleasant privacy impacts for these buildings.  Has a lower, mid-rise format been considered for this site as a way to reduce privacy and shadow impacts?

Summarize your comments and email them to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca

Or fax to Mayor and Council at: 604 873-7419

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