1477 W Broadway rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1477 W Broadway. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 39-storey, mixed-use building above the South Granville SkyTrain Station. The zoning would change from C-3A (Commercial) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 223 rental residential units, 20% at below market rates
  • Commercial retail space on the first and second storeys, including a grocery store
  • 5-storeys of office space within the podium
  • Rooftop amenity space for residential and office access
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 12.16
  • A total floor area of 29,240 sq. m (314,732 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 125 m (410 ft.)
  • 285 vehicle parking spaces and 507 bicycle spaces

The application is being considered under the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan.

In June of 2018, Council adopted the Terms of Reference for the Broadway Planning Program with a set of interim rezoning policies. A moratorium was implemented on rezoning applications in the Broadway Plan area during plan development. A rezoning application for this site is being considered as an exceptional circumstance under the Broadway Plan Interim Rezoning Policy on the basis outlined in the staff report available here. Staffs' consideration of a rezoning application prior to adoption of the Plan could expedite construction by at least six months, and help minimize impacts on circulation and access to the South Granville Station when the Broadway Subway opens.

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 1477 W Broadway. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 39-storey, mixed-use building above the South Granville SkyTrain Station. The zoning would change from C-3A (Commercial) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 223 rental residential units, 20% at below market rates
  • Commercial retail space on the first and second storeys, including a grocery store
  • 5-storeys of office space within the podium
  • Rooftop amenity space for residential and office access
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 12.16
  • A total floor area of 29,240 sq. m (314,732 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 125 m (410 ft.)
  • 285 vehicle parking spaces and 507 bicycle spaces

The application is being considered under the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan.

In June of 2018, Council adopted the Terms of Reference for the Broadway Planning Program with a set of interim rezoning policies. A moratorium was implemented on rezoning applications in the Broadway Plan area during plan development. A rezoning application for this site is being considered as an exceptional circumstance under the Broadway Plan Interim Rezoning Policy on the basis outlined in the staff report available here. Staffs' consideration of a rezoning application prior to adoption of the Plan could expedite construction by at least six months, and help minimize impacts on circulation and access to the South Granville Station when the Broadway Subway opens.

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 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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    As there are no view cones affecting this site, and since $2.8 billion is being invested in the Broadway SkyTrain, why is the city limiting the height here to 125m, when other cities in Metro Vancouver allow far taller/denser buildings around their transit stations.

    Silent_Echo asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question related to tower heights for this area. Rezoning applications are expected to respond to City of Vancouver policies, in this case, the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan and the emerging directions in the Broadway Plan where the context of this municipality is foremost in planning considerations and policy. The Broadway Plan has released refined directions, this rezoning application is located in “Granville/Burrard Slopes – Area A” where new secured rental housing and commercial development in taller buildings between 30 and 40 storeys is envisioned (refer to page 44). Staff continue to work with the applicant through the rezoning process to ensure that the height and density proposed are compatible with the refined directions in the Broadway Plan.

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    It is, I believe, not good practice to develop without a plan. The excuse that approval needs to be rushed (before the Broadway Plan is finished) in order to avoid interfering with station construction simply does not make sense. The issue does not seem to be of concern at the other stations. Why this one?

    Ron Sterne asked about 2 months ago

    South Granville Station is the only station where construction of overhead integrated development is happening concurrently with station construction. The rezoning was permitted to move ahead in advance of the Broadway Plan being finalized as City staff were directed by Council to make efforts to reduce or eliminate the overlap of construction of the development once the station becomes operational in late 2025. The issues report can be found here: https://council.vancouver.ca/20210721/documents/cfsc3.pdf

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    How many floors were given to the developer in exchange for the percentage of below cost units?

    Mr. Pitman asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Rezoning applications are assessed within the City’s applicable policy framework, in this case, the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan and the emerging refined directions in the Broadway Plan where recently released refined directions can be found here. This rezoning application is located in “Granville/Burrard Slopes – Area A” where new secured rental housing and commercial development in taller buildings between 30 and 40 storeys is envisioned (refer to page 44). Staff are working with the applicant through the rezoning process to ensure that the height and density proposed are compatible with the emerging directions for this area of the Broadway Plan. 

    In addition, the Housing Vancouver Strategy has city-wide policy to increase market and below-market rental housing near transit hubs/corridors, e.g. Broadway Subway, refer to page 33 https://council.vancouver.ca/20171128/documents/rr1appendixa.pdf. In addition to 100% secured rental housing, the rezoning application proposes 20% of the total residential floor area as below market units targeted at moderate income households.  

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    The shadows caused by the building will be greater than before due to the new height of the building. How will it effect the amount of day light in the area as well is come inclement weather problems for buses and the melting of ice and snow?

    YVR concerned asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question regarding the potential shadow impacts to the neighbourhood. The applicant has submitted shadow studies which are typically studied at the spring equinox (March) and summer solstice (June) between the hours of 10am and 4pm. You can find the shadow studies for this proposal on page 11 of the applicant boards, link here. When the shadow studies are reviewed by staff, they are assessing shadow impacts to public spaces and parks during the noted times. Your concerns will be included in the summary feedback provided from the public in a Council report if the project proceeds for Council consideration.

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    From 1575 west 10th, what view is lost? Please model this for the residents of this building

    SteveB asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. When considering a rezoning proposal staff assess view impacts from established view points in the Council adopted View Protection Guidelines. View points not included in this Guideline are not evaluated.

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    Is a date set for council to vote on this?

    Steve E asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Since the review of the rezoning application is still ongoing across various City departments and the virtual open house remains open until December 5th, no date has been set for Council to consider this application at a public hearing. Please monitor this page as notification will be posted if the application proceeds to public hearing.

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    why can't you spread this huge proposed 40 floor behemoth out a bit more over a few other city blocks instead of destroying the south granville village feel? there is nothing "village" or nieghbourhood about this proposed size. I know the developer needs to profit but this is all it's about. It's not OUR CITY!

    disgruntled in van asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Rezoning applications are expected to respond to City policies, in this case, the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan and the emerging directions in the Broadway Plan. The Broadway Plan has recently released refined directions through their engagement process now underway. This rezoning application is located in “Granville/Burrard Slopes – Area A” where new secured rental housing and commercial development in taller buildings between 30 and 40 storeys is envisioned (refer to page 44). More information regarding the future of the Broadway corridor and considerations for growth and change over the next 30 years is available on the Broadway Plan Shape Your City website. In addition, the Housing Vancouver Strategy has city-wide policy to increase market and below-market rental near transit hubs/corridors, e.g. Broadway Subway, refer to page 33: https://council.vancouver.ca/20171128/documents/rr1appendixa.pdf

    Your concerns regarding the building’s size as proposed in this rezoning application are noted and will be included in the application review and summary feedback provided in the Council report if the project proceeds for Council consideration.

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