2929 Commercial Dr rezoning application

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This application was approved by Council at Public Hearing on July 13th, 2021.


We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 2929 Commercial Dr. The proposal is to allow for the development of a six-storey mixed-used building, with office and training space for the Vancouver Elementary and Secondary School Teachers Associations. The zoning would change from C-2C1 (Commercial) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • VESTA/VSTA office space
  • Teacher training and community serving space
  • 27 social housing units
  • One commercial retail unit at-grade
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.65
  • A floor area of 3,032 sq. m (32,637 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 18.75 m (61.5 ft.)
  • 25 vehicle parking spaces and 58 bicycle parking spaces

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

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 2929 Commercial Dr. The proposal is to allow for the development of a six-storey mixed-used building, with office and training space for the Vancouver Elementary and Secondary School Teachers Associations. The zoning would change from C-2C1 (Commercial) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • VESTA/VSTA office space
  • Teacher training and community serving space
  • 27 social housing units
  • One commercial retail unit at-grade
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.65
  • A floor area of 3,032 sq. m (32,637 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 18.75 m (61.5 ft.)
  • 25 vehicle parking spaces and 58 bicycle parking spaces

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

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.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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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    Can an increase in retail be considered? And additional parking

    ASC asked 6 months ago

    The developer has considered their programming needs and maximized the amount of commercial space available, given their need for office and training space. While the project will meet the City’s Parking By-law, optimizations to the parking layout could be considered if this project reaches the Development Permit stage.

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    Under the current zoning of c-2c1 (commercial) what is the maximum height and size of building that would be permitted?

    JaneE asked 6 months ago

    Under the site’s current C-2C1 zoning, a building up to  13.8 m (approximately 4 storeys) may be considered, as well as an FSR ranging from 1.2 to 3.0 depending on the uses on the site. The C-2C1 District Schedule is linked on the project page for further information.

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    Is the VSTA/VESTA the landlord for the social housing units, or is it City of Vancouver?

    ALEE asked 6 months ago

    A non-profit agency associated with VSTA/VESTA will operate the social housing units. The City of Vancouver will not own or operate the social housing units.

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    Why only one commercial unit?? This area needs more commercial options.

    Ken asked 6 months ago

    Due to the programming needs of VESTA/VSTA for training and office space, no more than one commercial unit is planned for this building.

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    Can you please confirm what the definition of social housing is and how it will operate.

    JaneE asked 6 months ago

    Social Housing is defined as rental housing:

    (a) in which at least 30% of the dwelling units are occupied by households with incomes below housing income limits, as set out in the current “Housing Income Limits” table published by the British Columbia Housing Management Commission, or equivalent publication; 

    (b) which is owned by a non-profit corporation, by a non-profit co-operative association, or by or on behalf of the City, the Province of British Columbia, or Canada; and,

    (c) is secured by a Housing Agreement.

    It will be operated by a non-profit corporation who will act as the landlord who oversees the rental, management, and maintenance of the residential portion of the building.

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    Can additional parking spaces be added to the development site? There is a lack of street parking in the neighbourhood already. Where will teacher/staff park when they come for training?

    Sonny asked 6 months ago

    The application will be required to meet the City’s Parking By-law, and no variances are sought. The site is also located in close proximity to the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain Station, two major bus routes, as well as the 10th Avenue bicycle path. Some parking is also provided underground for the office and training space. The opportunity to add parking spaces will be considered.