The application is proposed under the site’s existing RM-5A zoning. The density proposed is “conditional” meaning that it exceeds the base permitted density on the site, but is allowed under certain conditions.
The site is the location of one of the many dozens of three-storey walk-up buildings in the West End. While it is positive to see the renewal of rental housing at this site under the existing zoning and within the existing six-storey height limit, some people have expressed concerns regarding the suite mix proposed and the likelihood of long-term tenancies, particularly given the inclusion of a concierge desk and meeting room facility at the lobby level.
The key policy that affects the project is the City’s requirement for “rental replacement”: any rental units demolished are required to be replaced in new development. In this case, the eight existing rental units in the building would need to be secured through a housing agreement with the City. There would be no restrictions on what price these units can rent for. The only requirement is that they be retained as rental units and be rented for minimum 30 day periods. There is no requirement that replacement rental units match the sizes of the original units.
A couple of questions to consider in reviewing the proposal are:
1.) Whether this is the type of development that the community wants to encourage in the redevelopment of these sites with small units and the potential for frequent turn-over?
2.) Whether the addition of a driveway access from Burnaby Street is a desirable addition to the West End’s existing comfortable walking environment?
If you have comments on the proposal, you can share them with Michelle Au, Project Facilitator for the City Planning Department at 604.871.6702 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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