349 E 6th Ave rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 349 E 6th Ave. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 12-storey residential building. The zoning would change from RM-4 (multiple dwelling) to CD-1 (comprehensive development). The proposal includes:

  • 82 social housing units
  • Floor space ratio (FSR) of 4.87
  • Floor area of 5,462 sq. m (58,791 sq. ft.)
  • Maximum height of 38.7 m (127 ft.)
  • 20 vehicle parking spaces and 106 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Mount Pleasant Community Plan.

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.

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 349 E 6th Ave. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 12-storey residential building. The zoning would change from RM-4 (multiple dwelling) to CD-1 (comprehensive development). The proposal includes:

  • 82 social housing units
  • Floor space ratio (FSR) of 4.87
  • Floor area of 5,462 sq. m (58,791 sq. ft.)
  • Maximum height of 38.7 m (127 ft.)
  • 20 vehicle parking spaces and 106 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Mount Pleasant Community Plan.

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.

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Q&A is available from June 29 to July 19, 2020.

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

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    Three questions. 1) Who is the target market? This area with schools and the community centre is perfect for families, who need housing support. 2) Is this social housing only or mixed with market? 3) Is this supported or unsupported social housing? Thanks!!

    aprilkatherine asked 3 days ago

    1. This proposed redevelopment will provide affordable rental homes for seniors, families, and people with disabilities living independently. 

    2. The project proposes to meet the City of Vancouver’s definition of Social Housing as defined in the Zoning and Development By-law

    1. 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; 
    2. 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 
    3. in respect of which the registered owner or ground lessee of the freehold or leasehold title to the land on which the housing is situate has granted to the City a section 219 covenant, housing agreement, or other security for the housing commitments required by the City, registered against the freehold or leasehold title, with such priority of registration as the City may require.

    3. Brightside Community Homes does not offer supportive housing specifically for people struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues.

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    Limited parking and 100+ bicycle parking? Our neighbourhood is already stressed by limited parking!! Having only 20 spots for 82 units is short sighted. If there are seniors - they will have visitors- who will need parking. Not everyone rides a bicycle. Bike Theft is a big concern for this neighbourhood!! If you are expecting people with disabilities to live in this building - you will need a pick up spot. Already cab drivers park with their 4 way flashers on holding up traffic for 5 - 10 minutes. I am also against such a tall building. 6-8 stories would fit nicely into this remarkable neighbourhood.

    Kath-Ann asked 4 days ago

    Reduced parking requirements lower the overall project cost to support the delivery of social housing. The project will be required to comply with the Vancouver Parking By-law and the applicant is proposing a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan, which provides for reductions in minimum parking requirements in exchange for providing enhanced transportation demand management measures. There are 3 designated visitor parking spaces and 1 passenger loading space provided in the underground parking.  

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    Your response Strategies to promote neighbourhood safety include the provision of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies, which are intended to reduce opportunities for crime to occur and promote building security. Is concerning. I live at 289 east 6th ave and we have had ongoing break ins - which the VPD is aware. We have homeless people sleeping in our loading dock and bc hydro enclosure. Homeless people defecating in the alley and in the B.C. hydro enclosure. Homeless people shooting up in the alley and the bc hydro enclosure - if you are having affordable housing - who is going to ‘protect’ the new residents?? We have spent $20,000 + on security up grades and continue to have people attempting to break in our external doors.

    Kath-Ann asked 4 days ago

    To improve safety through building design, the proposed development proposes the following in accordance with the RM-4 and RM-4N guidelines and Mount Pleasant Plan. 

    As anticipated in the Guidelines, the indoor amenity space has been located adjacent to both the outdoor amenity space, as well as the building entrance to improve mutual security. The building entrance has been designed to be visible from the street and units have been designed to overlook both the street and the lane to enhance passive surveillance.

    Further, typical rezoning conditions that are included in the rezoning report and are applicable if the development is approved are CPTED strategies which generally include:

    1. Having particular regard for mischief in alcoves and vandalism such as graffiti;
    2. Consideration of mail theft in the design and location of mailboxes;
    3. Consideration of residential break and enter;
    4. Provision of outdoor common area and path lighting; and
    5. Provisions for visibility and security in the underground parking garage in accordance with the Parking By-law, including:
      • Providing 24 hour overhead lighting at exit doors and step lights;
      • Providing white-painted walls, and;
      • Ensuring a high degree of visibility at doors, lobbied, stairs, and other access routes.
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    Who on city council represents our neighbourhood and how do I contact them

    Kath-Ann asked 4 days ago

    Please note that Councillors do not have a certain area of the City that they govern, they responsible for governing the whole City. You may contact City Council here. Please note you may also speak to the proposed development at the Public Hearing when scheduled. You can learn more about this process here.

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    How is it that an 80 unit building is allowed to have only 20 parking spaces? Streets in this are are always packed full already.

    Will asked 5 days ago

    Reduced parking requirements lower the overall project cost to support the delivery of social housing. If approved, the project will be required to comply with the Vancouver Parking By-law and the applicant is proposing a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan, which provides for reductions in minimum parking requirements in exchange for providing enhanced transportation demand management measures.

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    Hi Marcel, Thank you for the postcard detailing this rezoning. Just hoping you or your team could answer a few questions pertaining to the proposal below: 1. Do you think this rezoning will mark the start of a trend of rezoning higher density rental apartment buildings in the neighbourhood? 2. How do you anticipate the rezoning will impact current land values in the neighbouring area for current owners? 3. I understand the city is focused on affordable housing, do you foresee this as a growing trend for this neighbourhood? How does it fit into the larger City Plan for Mount Pleasant? 4. Seeing as this is growing area for young families, with schools, parks and lots of residential, how will concerns around safety be balanced with an increase in social housing (if this is part of the City’s plan)? 5. Do you anticipate any change to zoning in the IC-3 zone on Scotia (where we live) next to the project, to incorporate higher density condo or rental in the near future? Thank you for your insights!

    Bron asked 5 days ago

    The rezoning application is being considered under the Mount Pleasant Community Plan (MPCP) for a specific site and does not change the permitted uses under the general IC-3 District Schedule. 

    The City’s Housing Vancouver Strategy aims to provide for an increased number of affordable housing projects across the City. Section 4 of the MPCP also includes specific goals for the provision of housing opportunities. I would encourage you to review the MPCP, which is available online and provides an overview of what is anticipated in the Mount Pleasant area. 

    Strategies to promote neighbourhood safety include the provision of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies, which are intended to reduce opportunities for crime to occur and promote building security. 

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    Why not more units? Why not over 100 or over 150 social housing units?

    sdlb asked 6 days ago

    The rezoning application seeks to deliver an increased height and density from what the current RM-4 Zone allows for. Financial and spatial requirements as well as neighbourhood context often factor into the number of units being proposed, which are also required to meet City By-laws and policies to ensure a safe and livable environment.

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    Why is the building so narrow? Shouldn't it be bigger to increase the number of social housing units that can be built?

    sdlb asked 6 days ago

    The applicant has proposed a tower form which allows for open space at grade and access to natural light and views of the North Shore mountains. The building form and massing will be evaluated through the rezoning process.

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    Why does this even require an open house? Isn't there a housing crisis and a shortage of social housing? Why can't this just get built?

    sdlb asked 6 days ago

    An Open House is part of the public consultation process in reviewing a rezoning application. It provides for an opportunity for community members to learn about a proposal, ask questions, and provide comments. All input gathered from the public consultation helps inform the staff review of a rezoning application.