2585 E Hastings St rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 2585 E Hastings St. The proposal is to allow for the development of a six-storey mixed-use building. The zoning would change from C-2C (Commercial) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 150 secured market rental units
  • Commercial space at grade
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.54
  • A gross floor area of 13,008 sq. m (140,018 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 21.9 m (72 ft.)
  • 147 vehicle parking spaces and 315 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Secured Market Housing Policy (Rental 100).

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 2585 E Hastings St. The proposal is to allow for the development of a six-storey mixed-use building. The zoning would change from C-2C (Commercial) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 150 secured market rental units
  • Commercial space at grade
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.54
  • A gross floor area of 13,008 sq. m (140,018 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 21.9 m (72 ft.)
  • 147 vehicle parking spaces and 315 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Secured Market Housing Policy (Rental 100).

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 has concluded. Please use the “Send your comments” tab or contact the Planner directly for any further feedback. Thank you for participating.

Q&A is available from January 18 to February 7, 2021.

Q&A replaces in-person open houses, which are on hold due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We post all questions as-is and reply here within two business days. To find out when we reply to your questions, sign in or register.

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    Will there still be a serviceable (if likely smaller) version of a London Drugs still operating here or nearby while this construction is going on? My only reservation to this project would be if we had to go a year or two with no operational London Drugs in the area, as we rely on it so much.

    B. Jones asked 2 months ago

    During the construction period there is planned be a temporary London Drugs store operating within close proximity. This new site would include pharmacy services. If the rezoning is approved, more details will be provided by London Drugs before construction begins.  

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    What do you mean by secured rental units?

    Ajar asked 2 months ago

    Secured rental units can only be used as rental housing and cannot be sold individually. 

    This is guaranteed with a legally binding covenant or housing agreement registered on title, which restricts the use to rental housing for 60 years or the life of the building (whichever is longer). 

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    How affordable is the housing, and what measures has the city used to calculate affordability in Hastings-Sunrise and not the city as a whole?

    S.Toffoletto asked 3 months ago

    Maximum rents are set by the Rental Incentive Programs Bulletin for each unit type. These maximum rents have been split between the East and West of Vancouver to more accurately reflect the local rental markets. 

    The intent of the Secured Market Rental Housing Policy is to increase the supply of rental housing, not necessarily to create housing that is affordable to all households in Vancouver. 

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    How will the mitigate traffic congestion around the community especially when other traffic reduction initiatives have failed and increased traffic congestion along other traffic corridors?

    S.Toffoletto asked 3 months ago

    The site has good access to transit, employment opportunities, schools and services within walking distance. The proposal also includes 315 bicycle parking spaces to encourage residents to use active transport where possible. 

    If approved, the applicant may be required to fund the upgrade of local infrastructure such as pedestrian crossings, traffic calming measures and intersection improvements. The extent of these works will be determined through the review process. 

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    With the increase of the communities population due to this project will bus services be increased on already congested bus routes?

    S.Toffoletto asked 3 months ago

    There have been no bus service improvements announced for the East Hastings corridor since the recent B-line upgrade. Phase 3 of the Translink 10 Year Vision may outline more upgrades for this area.

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    How much of a delay will bus commuters and commuters in general experience because of construction delays along Hastings?

    S.Toffoletto asked 3 months ago

    At this early stage of the rezoning process, the extent of lane closures and the resulting impacts on commuters have not been determined. There would be no change to bus routes or schedules as a result of this development.

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    Does the city plan to make any changes to slow down and reduce traffic around Hastings Elementary?

    S.Toffoletto asked 3 months ago

    The City has worked with the Vancouver School Board and Hastings Elementary to undertake School Active Travel Planning. This program seeks to increase active travel to school, improve safety and assess the need for infrastructure upgrades. 

    If this rezoning application is approved, the applicant may be required to fund the upgrade of local traffic infrastructure on Penticton Street. The extent of these works will be determined through the review process. 

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    Why is the city not following the guidelines outlined in the Hastings-Sunrise Community vision?

    S.Toffoletto asked 3 months ago

    Page 76 of the Hastings-Sunrise Community Vision provides scenarios where rezoning applications can be considered under city-wide policies, with community consultation required for each project. 

    This application is being assessed under the Secured Market Rental Policy, which is a city-wide policy that seeks to increase the supply of rental housing across Vancouver. This policy enables rental buildings up to 6 storeys in areas close to transit, employment and services. 

    The Community Vision will continue to be used as a reference in the assessment of this application.  

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    What initiatives will the city take to encourage the developer the developer to use the commercial space for small and local business?

    S.Toffoletto asked 3 months ago

    Although London Drugs would occupy the majority of the ground floor area, three smaller commercial spaces have been included that would be suitable for local businesses. The operators of these spaces have not been determined given this early stage of the rezoning process. 

    New zoning regulations on the site would provide guidance on what type of businesses could operate there. However there are no restrictions on the size or ownership of these operations. 

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    How will the city deal with bus lane closures during the construction?

    S.Toffoletto asked 3 months ago

    The bus lane and on-street car parking directly in front of the site are likely to be affected during some phases of the construction period. There would be no changes to the frequency or route of local buses as a result of this proposal.