349 E 6th Ave (DP-2020-00884) development application

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The Director of Planning approved the application on February 26, 2021, subject to conditions.  A Development Permit will be issued once all conditions have been satisfied. For more information please contact the Project Facilitator directly at jonathan.borsa@vancouver.ca

 

IBI Group has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop the following on this site:

  • A 12-storey building containing a total of 82 social housing units all over one level of underground parking providing a total of 20 parking spaces
  • A total Floor Space Ratio of 4.86 (approximately 58,744 ft²)
  • A maximum building height of 127.0 ft.

Under the site’s existing CD-1 zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted. However, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we held an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period in place of an in-person open house for this project.


IBI Group has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop the following on this site:

  • A 12-storey building containing a total of 82 social housing units all over one level of underground parking providing a total of 20 parking spaces
  • A total Floor Space Ratio of 4.86 (approximately 58,744 ft²)
  • A maximum building height of 127.0 ft.

Under the site’s existing CD-1 zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted. However, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we held an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period in place of an in-person open house for this project.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Q&A is available from January 25 to 31, 2021

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

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    Can the building design, as proposed, be altered or appended so that the same number of units can be built on this site with a more horizontal orientation? The key concern seems to be the vertical height of this building, so this would be a win-win solution for all.

    Mt_Pleasant_Resident asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your comments Mt_Pleasant_Resident.

    I will pass along this question to the appropriate staff to be included as part of the review for this application.

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    As a resident of this neighbourhood, why didn't I receive notice about the rezoning application that was approved on Dec 10th (the one that now allows for a tower of this size)? A 12-story tower belongs on Broadway or Main street, not on Brunswick Street. The other new buildings beside it on 6th ave are much lower.

    DNF asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question DNF.

    I will have to refer you to my colleague Marcel Gelein from our Rezoning Centre as he will be able to clarify this for you better. His contact is marcel.gelein@vancouver.ca

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    Is there a current height restriction in place or a guideline from which all previous builds were following? I ask because there are no builds in the nearby residential area taller than 7 stories. How is it possible to approve a building so far beyond the local heights and character? Is there not some rule that a new build must follow the character of the neighborhood as to not negatively impact it?

    Cam Robson asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question Cam Robson.

    Every site in the City of Vancouver has a designated zone which falls within a District Schedule of our Zoning and Development By-law; found here for reference: https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/zoning-and-land-use-policies-document-library.aspx#redirect 

    Certain sites go through a Rezoning Application which proposes to change this designation and in turn create a new "Comprehensive Development" by-law with its own set of particular regulations. The site at 349 East 6th Avenue went through such a process and the Rezoning Application was approved by Council on December 10, 2020, report found here for reference: https://council.vancouver.ca/20201103/documents/rr6.pdf

    The approval of the Rezoning therefore enables this Development Permit Application to be made which is currently under review.

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    How can you post a question from the marketing company GreenGrass (green_grass) in the q And a? Is this not a conflict or manipulation of this public forum?

    Cam Robson asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question Cam Robson.

    We're unaware of a conflict of interest or apparent connection as you suggest. Staff respond to questions posted in this section in hopes of providing an informed response to the public on comments that are shared.

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    Has the council considered the idea of restricting this build to current height guidelines in the area? And if not why did they not?

    Cam Robson asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question Cam Robson.

    The application to rezone this site to allow for additional height and density was reviewed and approved by Council on December 10, 2020. For a copy of the minutes of that meeting, please see the following link: https://council.vancouver.ca/20201202/documents/phea20201202min.pdf

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    Why would this be considered when it does not fit in with the neighbourhood height restrictions?

    asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    This Development Permit application proposes to comply with a Rezoning Application which was recently approved by Council on December 10, 2020. The report for your reference can be found here: https://council.vancouver.ca/20201103/documents/rr6.pdf 

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    Why couldn't this development permit be passed at the same time as the rezoning? Many other municipalities do this and it would speed up desperately needed housing significantly.

    green_grass asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question green_grass.

    Your enthusiasm to deliver this much needed housing is shared by the City! While we acknowledge the time concurrent applications could potentially save, we support a process which isn't predicated on presumed approval at various stages but rest assured we have dedicated teams of staff who are focused on ensuring more projects such as this one are prioritized and built.