1406-1410 East King Edward Ave rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1406-1410 E King Edward Ave. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 14-storey residential building. The zoning would change from RM-1N (Residential) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 109 social housing units
  • Floor space ratio (FSR) of 11.73
  • A net floor area of 7,183 sq. m (77,313 sq. ft.)
  • Building height of 56.4 m (185 ft.)
  • 4 vehicle parking spaces and 129 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Community Vision.

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


Announcements

December 1, 2021

Revised shadow studies are provided here. They show the proposed building’s shadows cast at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm. The shadow studies previously shown in the Application booklet were offset by one hour, and showed shadows at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.

To provide the public with additional time to review the application materials, the virtual open house Q&A period has been extended by one week to December 12, 2021.



Virtual open house: November 15 to December 12, 2021

Browse the video walkthrough and documents, then ask questions and send your comments below.


We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1406-1410 E King Edward Ave. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 14-storey residential building. The zoning would change from RM-1N (Residential) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 109 social housing units
  • Floor space ratio (FSR) of 11.73
  • A net floor area of 7,183 sq. m (77,313 sq. ft.)
  • Building height of 56.4 m (185 ft.)
  • 4 vehicle parking spaces and 129 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Community Vision.

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


Announcements

December 1, 2021

Revised shadow studies are provided here. They show the proposed building’s shadows cast at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm. The shadow studies previously shown in the Application booklet were offset by one hour, and showed shadows at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.

To provide the public with additional time to review the application materials, the virtual open house Q&A period has been extended by one week to December 12, 2021.



Virtual open house: November 15 to December 12, 2021

Browse the video walkthrough and documents, then ask questions and send your comments below.


Q&A

The opportunity to ask questions through the Q&A is available from November 15 to December 5, 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 kind od social gousing is it. Will it have services and communal space. Is there going to be some liauson with the local community?

    NDRandall asked 12 days ago

    The proposed development is for a social housing building with supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. It would include 24/7 staff to provide support services to residents such as meals, counselling services, lifeskills training, support to access health care in a culturally appropriate manner. The proposal includes studio apartments with in-suite kitchen and bathroom. Common amenities such as laundry, common dining area and multiple programming spaces are also provided in the building. 

    If this project is approved by Council, BC Housing and the housing provider would establish a Community Advisory Committee that brings together staff from BC Housing, the City, the operator and community members such as neighbours, businesses, VPD, residents associations, strata reps, reps from local schools and other interested neighbours. The purpose of the CAC is to facilitate information sharing, discuss opportunities, and build and maintain positive relationships, as well as collaborate to resolve any issues related to the building.

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    This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 17, 2020. "This is the worst it's ever been," said Branwen Willow, 73. "We have homeless people selling crack here, people shooting heroin, fentynal, people sleeping in front of our door constantly — all the time." Branwen Willow a senior has lived next door to The Gathering Place for 18 years. She says drug use and petty crime have increased in the neighborhood, since B.C. shuttered the tent encampment at Oppenheimer Park. (Shawn Foss/CBC) She says she noticed a change in the neighborhood after the province stepped in to remove people from Oppenheimer Park and settle some of those campers nearby in the former Howard Johnson Hotel on Granville Street. But while her building, the New Continental residences, is also owned and operated by the City of Vancouver, Willow fears no one is listening to her concerns. "It's really frustrating trying to get help," she said "Our landlord keeps saying 'call 311'... They don't do anything." Willow says she'd like to see more security outside her building. Last year they brought a mobile van Overdose prevention injection site across the street to serve those addicted residents, there are overdoses inside the Van and outside the Van on the daily. Ambulances with loud sirens attend to the immediate area constantly. In addition to increases of both petty crime and open drug use. VPD say they recorded increases in crime in all parts of the city, but areas including Strathcona, downtown and Yaletown recorded particularly high numbers, with a 47.9 per cent increase in break-ins to commercial and business premises. They say officers are paying special attention to Strathcona, the site of a growing homeless encampment, where calls for service about weapons went up by 50 per cent and break-ins went up by 68 per cent. Police say the latest statistics suggesting an increase in crime for the first half of the year in Vancouver are concerning. Vancouver police say violent crime increased by more than five per cent and was largely driven by a rise in serious assaults. This King Edward & Knight St. location would better serve women with children and possibly seniors and those with accessibility challenges in a seven story maximum complex.

    Marginalized Tax Payer asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your perspective. Your feedback will be included in the report to Council.

    Vancouver is facing a housing crisis and people experiencing homelessness continue to be the hardest hit, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The creation of new housing is a key priority for the city and is one of the most important ways that we can address the homelessness crisis. 

    Providing access to safe, secure and affordable housing is one of the first steps to support people to heal from the trauma of experiencing homelessness or living in precarious housing situations. It is important to note that all kinds of people live in supportive housing, young people, seniors, people with disabilities, people who have experienced trauma, and people who have struggled with the high cost of housing.

    BC Housing has been clear that this project would provide homes for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and that group is predominantly adult individuals without young dependents (https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/homeless-count.aspx).
    Future tenants would reflect the diverse demographics of people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver including gender, diverse abilities, heritage and race. This would and could include women, men, trans-gender, two spirited, queer and gender diverse residents, seniors and people with disabilities. 

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    How do you intend to upkeep the safety of the surrounding areas? Such as the park and nearby public washrooms by the community garden? Safety, we mean drug paraphernalia while children and off leash dog park are there.

    Kensington point asked 8 days ago

    Both staff and residents will be committed to keeping the property maintained with a daily clean-up, and will contribute to broader neighbourhood volunteer clean-up efforts.

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    I tried several times to register but it will not allow me to input my postal code, therefore not allowing myself to move forward in registering. Is this intentional on your part, creating a barrier to make it more difficult for the public to participate within the extremely short designated window of public participation?

    Marginalized Tax Payer asked 8 days ago

    We have verified that the commenting form and question submission forms are working. Please note that the database of postal codes is very large, and there is a delay in retrieving postal codes once entered. Please try entering the postal code a bit more slowly to allow the system to track and bring up the correct code. If the technical issue persists, please consult https://shapeyourcity.ca/technical_support or email support@engagementhq.com.

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    The mailouts are very cryptic under what this application is being considered under. It's buried in the very bottom of mailouts. The very limited timeline on notification and public meetings of this proposed project is very disturbing and insulting. The extremely short timeline of community notification and allowed response is obviously by design to suppress and restrict community input. The public zoom meetings where extremely small groups. consisting of aprox. 15 people per evening. That is a negligible amount of community representation, you can't even call it that with those minimal number of participants! Along with your so-called multi-pronged community response platforms DID NOT have a reasonable widespread notification/awareness in the community nor enough of reasonable lead notice/awareness to the community! In addition, this area is zoned for a MAXIMUM 7 STORIES! Other developers have adhered to this zoning, why should the City be allowed to circumvent these zoning restrictions?

    Marginalized Tax Payer asked 8 days ago

    Due to the pandemic, a virtual engagement strategy was put in place to ensure the City’s process for public discussion and obtaining feedback was maintained. This virtual approach is comprised of an application webpage, which allow people to access and review materials online at a time and location of their choosing. Comments submitted through this website are recorded and will be considered through the application review process and summarized in a Council report, along with other public comments received through the rezoning application process. Commenting through this webpage can be submitted until approximately mid-February, 2022. Comments are not posted publicly.

    The virtual approach for this rezoning application also comprises an extended 3-week virtual open house, running from Nov. 15 to Dec. 5. The 3-week virtual open house allows people to ask questions regarding the proposal, which staff are actively monitoring. Responses to questions received through the virtual open house will be posted publicly. The notification for this application follows the City's standard procedure for notifications, including the installation of a site sign on the site and postcards mailed out to residents within a 2-block radius of the site. 

    Prior to the submission of the rezoning application on Oct. 19, 2021, a similar virtual engagement process was put in place, led by BC Housing, due to the pandemic. 

    With respect to the height of the project, this proposal would enable BC Housing and the City to help as many people as possible into safe, warm new homes. The site is currently vacant and is also close to public transit, services and amenities on Kingsway and King Edward Avenue. This rezoning application will be considered by Council, who has the power to approve or deny the rezoning application after hearing from the public at a future Public Hearing. 

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    You are aware of the negative social impacts that a neighbor hood has to face when such a development goes in, increased B&E’s , bicycle theft, theft from cars, individuals shooting up in public, violence and intimidation etc.etc. What measures will the city put in place to mitigate these negative social . Is there not social housing already going in above the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhoood Pub?

    Calderhead asked 13 days ago

    We recognize that some of the assumptions people make about supportive housing and the people who live in these buildings need to be addressed. It  is inaccurate to suggest that people who live in supportive housing pose a greater risk to a local community than those living in other housing types. I encourage you to visit https://www.bchousing.org/publications/Community-Benefits-Supportive-Housing.pdf  to understand more about community benefits of supportive housing. 

    People who live in supportive housing are not all the same. There are different pathways into homelessness, including a lack of adequate income, access to affordable housing and medical services, experiences of discrimination, traumatic events and personal crisis, physical health problems or disabilities and mental health concerns. An important part of our work is to challenge the stigma associated with mental illness and personal attitudes towards health. This includes encouraging understanding and ways to learn more about this issue which impacts so many of us.  

    If the application is successful, the experienced non-profit housing operator, Vancouver Native Housing Society and Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, would provide 24/7 staffing to support residents in their new homes, offer life skills training, and connect them to medical and other culturally appropriate services, as needed.

    The site at 1303 Kingsway and 3728 Clark Drive was approved in April 2019 for market rental housing, not social housing. More information about that application can be found here: https://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1303kingsway/index.htm.

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    What part of the KCC community vision will this project support? Just seeing that vision is 23 years old, so not sure it is the best rationale for rezoning this site.

    KCCresident asked 10 days ago

    In the KCC Community Vision (p. 50, section 2.1), like many other Visions adopted for neighbourhoods across the City, social and affordable housing projects are allowed to proceed to a rezoning without additional policy planning, as they further city wide policies and meet the need for housing for lower income residents.

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    I don't know how these rezoning applications work - what is the likelihood that it will pass/get built? I don't like to use the word hate, but I stronglyyyyyy dislike this. I live in the building right next to it, and not only will it obstruct my view (and obviously many others), it will likely have a negative impact on the culture of the park and the neighborhood overall.

    Marica asked 14 days ago

    Only City Council has the power to approve or deny a rezoning application. All public comments received during the application review process will be summarized in a staff report to City Council advising of the details of this application. Should Council decide to consider the application, a public hearing will be held and members of the public will have an opportunity to speak directly to Council. Notice of public hearing will be advertised in the local newspapers, and posted on the rezoning site sign. The City will also mail notices to all residents within an approximate two-block radius of the site to tell them about the time and date of the public hearing.

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    I support social housing but I would like to know if this means people with special needs - medical or otherwise - and if so, what supports are in place for them? or does social housing mean only reduced rent and no other supports?

    Polly M. Bak asked 14 days ago

    This proposal is for social housing with support services provided onsite by 24/7 staff from Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Vancouver Native Housing Society. In a supportive housing environment, residents are supported 24/7 by staff who will help them in their new homes, offer life skills training and connect them to medical and other culturally appropriate services, as needed. Trained support workers partner with each resident to develop a customized plan to meet their personal and housing goals.

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