2518-2540 Grandview Hwy S rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 2518-2540 Grandview Hwy S. The proposal is to allow for the development of a six-storey residential building. The zoning would change from RT-2 (Residential) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 64 social housing units
  • commercial retail space at grade
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.33
  • A floor area of 3,183 sq. m (34,262 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 21.3 m (70 ft.)
  • 5 vehicle parking spaces and 68 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Renfrew-Collingwood 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.


Virtual open house: May 16 to June 5, 2022

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



We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 2518-2540 Grandview Hwy S. The proposal is to allow for the development of a six-storey residential building. The zoning would change from RT-2 (Residential) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 64 social housing units
  • commercial retail space at grade
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.33
  • A floor area of 3,183 sq. m (34,262 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 21.3 m (70 ft.)
  • 5 vehicle parking spaces and 68 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Renfrew-Collingwood 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.


Virtual open house: May 16 to June 5, 2022

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 May 16 to June 5, 2022.

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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    The fly-through video is helpful for understanding what the building looks like, but not really how it looks relative to the neighbourhood. For example, Copley St. is not shown. Also, on the rendering, there is area around the building that is shown as green space but are actually houses. Would it be possible to see a more accurate rendering?

    Gerald B asked 1 day ago

    Copley Street has been shown on the right side of the rendering / flyby.  Please note that all the massing / boxes shown are indicative of buildings in surrounding area to the top of their roof ridgelines (including the lane facing garages).  The green space that you are referring to is the outdoor amenity space that is part of the project’s property.

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    Is there any relationship between the project and the current BC Housing project at the corner of Nanaimo and Grandview?

    Gerald B asked 2 days ago

    The two projects are not related. The building at 2960-2980 is the Lu’ma Native Housing Society's main offices as well as some supportive housing units supported by Lu’ma staff. This proposed development at 2518-2540 Grandview Highway South would also be supportive housing but if approved, would be operated by a different provider, Community Builders Group.

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    Is this modular housing, similar to what is at 2303 Vaness Ave (near the Copley St. orchard)?

    Gerald B asked 2 days ago

    The construction method (modular) is similar for both sites. Modular construction is the preferred construction method because of the opportunity for replicability, cost effectiveness, speed of manufacturing, and less disruption to neighbours as more of the construction process is conducted offsite. Operationally, both buildings offer supportive housing to tenants, with 24/7 staff by the same operator, Community Builders Group.

    An important difference between both buildings is that the one at 3598 Copley (58 units), near the apple orchard, is permitted to be on that site temporarily. Its current term is for five years and could be extended to 10 years depending on future plans for that particular site. On the other hand, this proposed application at 2518-2540 Grandview Highway South would be a permanent supportive housing building (64 units).

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    What type of retail is envisioned? Is it meant to be services just for the residents, or services available to the public?

    Gerald B asked 1 day ago

    There is no retail space in this building. The proposal is for residential use only.

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    Can you clarify how this project is linked to the neighbourhood development plan? I attended the open house, but it was not clear to me how they are connected, specifically for this area (i.e. Nanaimo and Grandview intersection).

    Gerald B asked 1 day ago

    This application can be considered under the Renfrew-Collingwood Community Vision (https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/renfrew-collingwood-community-vision.pdf). 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 (p. 73, section 2.1).

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    Why is the rezoning open house virtual? I would like to attend an in-person open house to better understand this project. Covid restrictions no longer apply; there was an in-person session for the development plan; why not an in-person session for this project?

    Gerald B asked 2 days ago

    We appreciate your concern, and the concerns of your neighbours. Staff are aware of some of the limitations of virtual engagement and are looking to refine our approach over the coming year. If you are willing to be contacted by phone, please reach out to me at pmshi.rezoning@vancouver.ca.

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    Please provide justification as to only 5 parking spots for 64 units plus retail??? Really, Yet if you build a one bedroom secondary suite in your home the home owner must provide one parking spot for the unit. This can not be a April fools joke it’s May can it?

    City Planner asked 8 days ago

    The application complies with the Parking By-law. Parking spaces are for building and tenant support staff and visitors, and most residents are not anticipated to have vehicles. The application's proximity to SkyTrain (~800 m) makes it eligible for parking reductions as per the Parking By-law.

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    Have you received any of our neighborhood dialogue from BC Housing with our concerns? (traffic, size of structure, clientele housed, traffic, and privacy).

    neighbor1 asked 8 days ago

    BC Housing has summarized the feedback it received from the community prior to submission of the rezoning application, and submitted the summary to the City as part of the rezoning application. It can be seen here on BC Housing's website:  https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/27641/widgets/114011/documents/78590. The feedback is being reviewed, together with comments received during the rezoning application phase.

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    The virtual venue is also not appropriate for our neighborhood, any residents don't have computer access.

    neighbor1 asked 8 days ago

    We appreciate your concern, and the concerns of your neighbours. Staff are aware of some of the limitations of a virtual engagement and are looking to refine our approach over the coming year. If residents without computer access are willing to be contacted by phone, please forward their contact information to pmshi.rezoning@vancouver.ca.

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    You are building a large structure in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The architectural drawings do not show the homes around the structure. I have sent photos of the surrounding area and no one in the neighborhood dialogue has bothered to respond to our neighborhood concerns. We have also asked BC Housing to house families since there are two other single units in our neighborhood. No response. If considered it should be three-storey like the other units in this area, not SIX-storey. You are not considering our neighborhood concerns or feedback. Please consider our neighborhood.

    neighbor1 asked 8 days ago

    BC Housing has summarized the feedback it received from the community prior to submission of the rezoning application. A summary of that feedback was submitted as part of the rezoning application. It can be seen here on BC Housing's website:  https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/27641/widgets/114011/documents/78590

    The proposed building is for individuals experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness and the greatest need are for single individuals. The homes are designed for single individuals not multiple people. If there are adult family members or adult couples then each person would be offered their own home, if they wish to live in the same building. During The 2020 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count, only 3% of survey respondents indicated that they had children with them. This is consistent with Metro Vancouver Homeless Counts that have taken place since 2005. Homeless Count data shows that primarily it is individuals who are alone that are experiencing homelessness (83% in 2020 and 77% in 2017).

    A six-storey building can be considered for this site, as six-storey buildings are permitted on this block by Council-adopted citywide rezoning enabling policy, the Secured Rental Policy.

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