1580 Vernon Dr development application

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Rendering of two housing structures with people gathering under a white tent in a public space in betweenRendering provided by Boni Maddison Architects

Vancouver is in a housing crisis – more than 2,000 people across the city are experiencing homelessness. People are suffering both physically and mentally. Creating safe, warm housing for people experiencing homelessness in our community continues to be a top priority for the City of Vancouver.

The BC government has committed funding towards the development of temporary modular supportive housing across the province. This funding will allow the City and the Province to address some of the immediate and urgent housing needs of people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver while we also work to deliver more permanent affordable and supportive housing. Temporary modular homes are located on vacant and underused sites across the city and are typically on site for a period up to 10 years.

All of the temporary modular buildings are operating well in neighbourhoods across the city. Residents have a safe place to live and are being connected with the services they need. You can read more at: vancouver.ca/TMH

The vacant site at 1580 Vernon Drive is being considered as a site for temporary modular housing:

  • The site is expected to have two temporary modular housing buildings
  • Each building would be three storeys and would each contain approximately 46-52 studio homes
  • All homes would be self-contained dwellings with a private bathroom and kitchen
  • BC Housing would select an experienced non-profit housing operator to support residents and manage the building and its operations 24/7
  • At least 10% of the homes would be wheelchair accessible

This site is currently designated for Industrial use under the City’s Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan (RCS ODP) By-law. To allow residential use, an amendment to the by-law is required. The amendment would temporarily change the designation of this site from Industrial to General Urban, while the property is occupied with Temporary Modular Housing. This proposed amendment will be presented for Council’s consideration later this year before a Development Permit could be considered.

If Council pass the amendment, the Director of Planning could approve, approve with conditions, or refuse the Development Permit. The Director of Planning is empowered to make decisions on Development Permits through Council’s delegated authority.

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period will be held in place of an in-person open house for this project which will run for one week. This has been moved to mid-November. Please check back for dates.


Rendering of two housing structures with people gathering under a white tent in a public space in betweenRendering provided by Boni Maddison Architects

Vancouver is in a housing crisis – more than 2,000 people across the city are experiencing homelessness. People are suffering both physically and mentally. Creating safe, warm housing for people experiencing homelessness in our community continues to be a top priority for the City of Vancouver.

The BC government has committed funding towards the development of temporary modular supportive housing across the province. This funding will allow the City and the Province to address some of the immediate and urgent housing needs of people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver while we also work to deliver more permanent affordable and supportive housing. Temporary modular homes are located on vacant and underused sites across the city and are typically on site for a period up to 10 years.

All of the temporary modular buildings are operating well in neighbourhoods across the city. Residents have a safe place to live and are being connected with the services they need. You can read more at: vancouver.ca/TMH

The vacant site at 1580 Vernon Drive is being considered as a site for temporary modular housing:

  • The site is expected to have two temporary modular housing buildings
  • Each building would be three storeys and would each contain approximately 46-52 studio homes
  • All homes would be self-contained dwellings with a private bathroom and kitchen
  • BC Housing would select an experienced non-profit housing operator to support residents and manage the building and its operations 24/7
  • At least 10% of the homes would be wheelchair accessible

This site is currently designated for Industrial use under the City’s Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan (RCS ODP) By-law. To allow residential use, an amendment to the by-law is required. The amendment would temporarily change the designation of this site from Industrial to General Urban, while the property is occupied with Temporary Modular Housing. This proposed amendment will be presented for Council’s consideration later this year before a Development Permit could be considered.

If Council pass the amendment, the Director of Planning could approve, approve with conditions, or refuse the Development Permit. The Director of Planning is empowered to make decisions on Development Permits through Council’s delegated authority.

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period will be held in place of an in-person open house for this project which will run for one week. This has been moved to mid-November. Please check back for dates.