Update on three Alberni-Georgia Corridor developments: Feb. 7, 2017

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Sketch of the Thurlow-Burrard (red hue, vertical) and Alberni-Georgia “corridors” (red, horizontal), from p22 of West End Community Plan (2013)

Below is a brief update on three selected developments in the “Alberni – Georgia corridor,” kindly compiled and submitted by a reader. The West End Community Plan was adopted by City Council in 2013.

1550 Alberni (October 20 2016) (readdressed as “1568 Alberni”)

  • This is a proposal for a 43-storey tower.
  • Following approval of the Revised Rezoning Application (Public Hearing October 20, 2016), a Development Application (DP-2016-00640) was submitted on November 18, 2016.
  • The official deadline (to be included in staff report) for public comments on the Development Application was January 27, 2017, but concerned residents can still send in their comments for consideration.

1500 West Georgia Street

  • This is a rezoning application for a 43-storey tower.
  • The Urban Design Panel (an advisory body for City Council) did not support the 1500 West Georgia project (October 5, 2016)
  • What’s next? Stay tuned.
  • You can provide comments on this rezoning application by filling out an online feedback form. The official deadline for comments was October 30, 2016, but comments will be accepted “up to the Public Hearing date.”

1640-1650 Alberni Street

  • This is a rezoning application for a 42-storey tower.
  • The Urban Design Panel supported this project (November 30, 2016).
  • What’s next? A Public Hearing. No date has been set (as of Feb 8, 2017) for Public Hearing for this application.
  • You can provide comments on this rezoning application by filling out an online feedback form. The official deadline for comments was January 2, 2017, but comments will be accepted “up to the Public Hearing date.”

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For reference, here is an excerpt from the West End Community Plan (2013). For more information about general policies for this Alberni-Georgia Cooridor, see the text starting on p43.

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7.3 Corridors The Corridors are generally the newer areas of the community where the majority of new housing and job space has been built over the past 40 years. They are well served by transit, services and amenities. The Corridors provide additional opportunities to accommodate job space and housing that meet the needs of the community.

Overall Directions

  • Strategically locate opportunities for new growth through increased heights and densities along the Georgia and Burrard Corridors and in Lower Robson to help deepen housing affordability and to contribute public benefits.
    [WEN note: People may wish to ask the City how the developments in this corridor are expected to “deepen housing affordability” and whether it is being measured.]
  • In Lower Davie, increase densities to help deepen housing affordability, while maintaining existing height limits.
  • Strengthen Alberni Street (between Burrard and Bute Streets) as an emerging retail district.

 

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