1002 Station St and 250-310 Prior St - New St. Paul's Hospital (text amendment)

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The City of Vancouver has received an application to amend the CD-1 (761) (Comprehensive Development) District By-law for this site to:

  • Permit elevator overruns and stair enclosures extending approximately 9.45 m (31.0 ft.) into Council-approved protected public view 22 (Main Street). These proposed minor incursions into the protected view are intended to facilitate rooftop helipad access necessary for critical regional air ambulance services.

  • Permit floor area exclusions for mechanical uses directly associated with the energy centre to a maximum of approximately 21,900 sq. m (235,729.6 sq. ft.). This would facilitate a relocation of mechanical floor area from the rooftop to level four. The amendment would not affect the proposed building footprint.

The application is being considered under the St. Paul’s Hospital and Health Campus Policy Statement as well as the Rezoning Policy for Sustainable Large Developments.

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period was held in place of an in-person open house for this project.

The City of Vancouver has received an application to amend the CD-1 (761) (Comprehensive Development) District By-law for this site to:

  • Permit elevator overruns and stair enclosures extending approximately 9.45 m (31.0 ft.) into Council-approved protected public view 22 (Main Street). These proposed minor incursions into the protected view are intended to facilitate rooftop helipad access necessary for critical regional air ambulance services.

  • Permit floor area exclusions for mechanical uses directly associated with the energy centre to a maximum of approximately 21,900 sq. m (235,729.6 sq. ft.). This would facilitate a relocation of mechanical floor area from the rooftop to level four. The amendment would not affect the proposed building footprint.

The application is being considered under the St. Paul’s Hospital and Health Campus Policy Statement as well as the Rezoning Policy for Sustainable Large Developments.

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period was held in place of an in-person open house for this project.

​The virtual open house and Q&A has concluded. Thank you for participating.

The opportunity to ask questions through the Q&A is available from November 1 to 21, 2021

We post all questions as-is and aim to respond within two business days. Some questions may require coordination with internal departments and additional time may be needed to post a response.

Please note that the comment form will remain open after the virtual open house time period. The Rezoning Planner can also be contacted directly for any further feedback or questions.

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    What portion of regional air ambulance flights are non urgent patient transfers rather than emergencies? When BC Health saves a few $ in labour by using air transfer for non urgent transfer instead of road transfer, while destroying peace and quiet, shouldn’t that savings be paid to residents?

    VancouverForAll asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The applicant has provided the following response:

    All air-ambulance flights are urgent, even if they are transfers. Patients for transfer are triaged and sent to the most appropriate facility for treatment.  If time is not a factor, patients would be transferred via ambulance or transfer vehicle.

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    If the removing the helipad from VGH, and moving it to the new St. Paul’s, is what will allow the Broadway Plan’s envisioned 25 storeys, then why isn’t every area of Vancouver that doesn’t have a helipad zoned for 25 storeys? Is this about air ambulance service or about ensuring that Shaughnessy homeowners need never fear anything bigger than a. duplex?

    VancouverForAll asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The applicant has informed us that the helipad at VGH will remain in operation.

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    I live at 1255 Main St. This condo tower is directly north of the sky train station opposite Thornton Park. I am interested in the noise impact of the proposed helipad and the frequency of its anticipated use. What data do you have about this? I have examined the FSR drawings, including the roof drawing showing the location of the helipad. Is this the main hospital building? I can't tell the orientation of the drawing. Will the helipad be on the west side or the east side? Near Station St. or near the Trillium playing fields? It seems to me that locating the helipad close to the Trillium playing fields would create the least noise pollution for nearby residential buildings. Devon K, 1255 Main St.

    Devon K asked 26 days ago

    Based on similar urban hospital heliport operations data, we expect average flights per week would be in the range of 4 daytime and 1 nighttime (between 10pm-6am). A flight includes arrival and departure.

    The Heliport will be located on the northern/centre side of the main hospital roof, closer to Trillium Park than Station Street. The 3D view cone envelope drawing on page two of the Building sections and view cone study should hopefully give you a better sense of the building’s orientation.

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    1) where do I few the comments and questions (and city responses) asked by others? 2) I am concerned about noise because I live and work from home (on Union, right around the corner). I work in mental health as a psychotherapist in private practice. I am very worried that the noise will make working from home impossible. Please reassure me that I won't need to move. 3) On what days and between what hours will there be construction noise? 4) when is construction starting, and for how many days will it go on for?

    sarahlivesinvancouver asked 28 days ago

    Questions and City responses are posted here within two days of submission. Comments will be summarized and made public as part of our report to City Council. 

    Construction impacts on City streets, including through private development, are tracked on the City of Vancouver’s website. The City also has a Noise Control By-law which regulates construction-related noise for private development (Weekdays 7:30am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, not permitted on Sundays/holidays). Preliminary site preparation work is currently in progress, with construction on phase one of the hospital anticipated to begin in early 2022 and be completed by 2024

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