1317 Richards St and 508 Drake St rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1317 Richards St and 508 Drake St. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 39-storey building. The zoning would change from DD (Downtown District) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District.

On March 1, 2021, the applicant provided an addendum to their December 1, 2020 submission. This addendum forms their updated rezoning application package. The proposal includes:

  • 193 units of social housing
  • Community space to include a place of worship, early childhood playspace, social spaces and reading rooms
  • A total floor area of 15,991 sq. m (172,129 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 125.21 m (411 ft.)
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 13.91
  • 53 vehicle parking spaces and 226 bicycle parking spaces (209 Class A and 17 Class B)

The most significant changes between the March 2021 submission and the previous December 2020 submission include:

  • The addition of balconies or Juliet balconies for all of the social housing units within the lower tower and the upper tower.
  • Slight reduction in the number of social housing units from 198 to 193.
  • Slight re-design of the residential units to improve liveability and functionality.

Please note that the building height and form of development remains the same.

The previous rezoning application included:

  • 198 units of social housing
  • Community space to include a place of worship, early childhood playspace, social spaces and reading rooms
  • A total floor area of 16,024 sq. m (172,483 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 125.21 m (411 ft.)
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 13.79
  • 53 vehicle parking spaces and 226 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Affordable Housing Policies.

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.



We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1317 Richards St and 508 Drake St. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 39-storey building. The zoning would change from DD (Downtown District) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District.

On March 1, 2021, the applicant provided an addendum to their December 1, 2020 submission. This addendum forms their updated rezoning application package. The proposal includes:

  • 193 units of social housing
  • Community space to include a place of worship, early childhood playspace, social spaces and reading rooms
  • A total floor area of 15,991 sq. m (172,129 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 125.21 m (411 ft.)
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 13.91
  • 53 vehicle parking spaces and 226 bicycle parking spaces (209 Class A and 17 Class B)

The most significant changes between the March 2021 submission and the previous December 2020 submission include:

  • The addition of balconies or Juliet balconies for all of the social housing units within the lower tower and the upper tower.
  • Slight reduction in the number of social housing units from 198 to 193.
  • Slight re-design of the residential units to improve liveability and functionality.

Please note that the building height and form of development remains the same.

The previous rezoning application included:

  • 198 units of social housing
  • Community space to include a place of worship, early childhood playspace, social spaces and reading rooms
  • A total floor area of 16,024 sq. m (172,483 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 125.21 m (411 ft.)
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 13.79
  • 53 vehicle parking spaces and 226 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Affordable Housing Policies.

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.