WEN live blogging of Beach Towers rezoning public hearing Feb 19, 2013

Beach Towers, at 1600 Beach Avenue and 1651 Harwood. Rezoning for 133 units, about 100,000 sq ft of infill. Public Hearing (click for agenda, docs), night #2 was on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

The reconvened Public Hearing of February 5 and 19, 2013 will be on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm, to continue hearing speakers, starting with speaker number 34. See details on City website here.

Due to sound system problems in the Council Chambers on Night #2 (Feb 19), the entire meeting was moved to the “Town Hall Room” on the first floor of City Hall. Unfortunately, that room is not wired for life web video.

At this moment we are not sure if the City kept any audio or video recording of the meeting for the public record. The meeting started late, at about 6:50 pm. Some people protested, asking the Mayor to adjourn the meeting and resume on a day City Hall can properly provide web video for online viewers, to respect the public’s desire to observe proceedings if not able to attend in person. In the end, the Mayor ended the meeting at 10 pm.

22:00 Meeting ended at about 10 pm.

The public was unable to monitor the meeting online, so we make no notes here.

20:00 People complaining can’t hear speakers in meeting room.

New correspondence received. http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20130205/phea20130205ag.htm

14 – support
29  – oppose
3 – on different matters

18:55 Sound problems, all moved to town hall room. No video feed for online viewers. No video archive for the public record. Someone should ask Mayor to get camera to record video for official public record.

18:22 Meeting not yet started.

18:00 Meeting should start


Note. Here are the members of the West End Mayors Advisory Committee present when WEMAC adopted its own subjective ranking of the Beach Towers application using the WEMAC scorecard (which they too created). The applicant and City staff have formally adopted the WEMAC Scorecard into their application documents to justify the rezoning. Members indicated by bold text have spoken at the public hearing, all in support of the rezoning. The original Scorecard is dated September 15, 2011 (download), though there is no public record of any meeting on that date, so it is not clear who actually assigned the numbers. The meeting at which it was adopted was on November 22, 2011 (download minutes). Rezoning Planner assigned to this rezoning suggested that the following persons were the authors of this rating.

  • Dean Malone, Co-Chair
  • (Note: The other co-chair was an elected official, Councillor Andrea Reimer. And Councillor Tim Stevenson was also a member of the committee, but the November 22, 2011 minutes, indicated that they left the room for voting on this topic.)
  • Christine Ackermann
  • Donald Allison
  • Jim Deva
  • Michelle Fortin
  • Rob Hines
  • Duncan Wlodarczak


On this City web page below you can also download documents, including the staff recommendation to Council (staff support the project), the applicant’s presentation (Devonshire Properties), and correspondence received by Council to date.


The application is by IBI/HB Architects, on behalf of an unlisted company named Beach Towers Investments Inc. (associated with Devonshire Properties) for a major infill development at Beach Towers (1600 Beach Avenue and 1651 Harwood Street) in the West End. The proposal features several new buildings to fill up the site, including a 4-storey residential building, 2-storey townhouses, a new 9-storey tower, and more (details below). Download the staff report (which summarizes public comments received, most against the proposal) in PDF format by clicking here. Staff disagreed with the public input.

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