About 150 people attended the West End Town Hall 2012 meeting at the Coast Plaza Hotel on Monday, June 4, 2012. It was openly advertised for one full week for any member of the public to attend. Two resolutions were adopted by a show of hands, with about 98% in favour. They will be conveyed to Vancouver City Council before the public hearing on June 11. The text of “Resolution 1 – 1401 Comox Rezoning” follows.
WHEREAS more than 12,000 have signed the “no rezoning without a comprehensive plan” petition asking Council to respect the existing RM5 zoning height and density provisions, and
WHEREAS Westbank/Peterson/Henriquez are applying for a rezoning/development permit that seeks an increase of nearly 400% of the current outright zoned height and nearly 500% of the current zoned density, and
WHEREAS this application is being considered under the provisions of the STIR program, which in the opinion of community group West End Neighbours, is legally flawed, and
WHEREAS neither the applicant nor City staff have provided any compelling justification for the enormous increases in height and density being requested,
THEREFORE this meeting calls upon City Council to reject the rezoning and development permit application for 1401 Comox Street and to consider only proposals for this site that are acceptable to the community, a useful reference for height and density being the nine-storey Columbus Millennium Tower, at 1175 Broughton Street, built in 2004 at the re-zoned density of 2.75 FSR.