807-847 E 33rd Ave rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 807-847 E 33rd Ave. The zoning would change from RS-1 (Residential) District to RR-2B (Residential Rental) District.

The RR-2B district allows for:

  • a 5-storey apartment building where all units are secured as market rental; and
  • a floor space ratio (FSR) up to 2.4.

The application is being considered under the Secured Rental Policy (Section 2.4 Rezonings in Low-Density Transition Areas).

On December 14, 2021, Council approved amendments to the Secured Rental Policy to allow simplified rezonings in low-density areas near shopping, public transportation and other amenities. Learn more about the Secured Rental Policy and the engagement process and outcomes. The Secured Rental Policy helps deliver on key objectives of the larger Housing Vancouver Strategy.

If approved, this site's zoning will change to RR-2B. Any development on the site would be regulated by that District Schedule and accompanying design guidelines. This approach differs from a site-specific Comprehensive Development (CD) District rezoning. In comparison, this approach allows for a simplified rezoning process and provides greater clarity and consistency on the types of new secured rental buildings that may be built in eligible low-density areas.

The specific form of development (building design) will be reviewed through a future Development Permit process. Application drawings will be available for viewing and comment at that time.

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 9 to May 29, 2022

We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 807-847 E 33rd Ave. The zoning would change from RS-1 (Residential) District to RR-2B (Residential Rental) District.

The RR-2B district allows for:

  • a 5-storey apartment building where all units are secured as market rental; and
  • a floor space ratio (FSR) up to 2.4.

The application is being considered under the Secured Rental Policy (Section 2.4 Rezonings in Low-Density Transition Areas).

On December 14, 2021, Council approved amendments to the Secured Rental Policy to allow simplified rezonings in low-density areas near shopping, public transportation and other amenities. Learn more about the Secured Rental Policy and the engagement process and outcomes. The Secured Rental Policy helps deliver on key objectives of the larger Housing Vancouver Strategy.

If approved, this site's zoning will change to RR-2B. Any development on the site would be regulated by that District Schedule and accompanying design guidelines. This approach differs from a site-specific Comprehensive Development (CD) District rezoning. In comparison, this approach allows for a simplified rezoning process and provides greater clarity and consistency on the types of new secured rental buildings that may be built in eligible low-density areas.

The specific form of development (building design) will be reviewed through a future Development Permit process. Application drawings will be available for viewing and comment at that time.

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 9 to May 29, 2022

Q&A

The opportunity to ask questions through the Q&A is available from May 9 to May 29, 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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    1. What is the maximum number of units that the rezoning will allow? 2.While there be underground parking? 3.How many parking spots will be included? 4. Where is the driveway proposed? 5. Can you provide a copy of the transportation study? 6. Please list and provide the studies that were completed to support this submission.

    Durward Mike asked 11 days ago

    Please see the more detailed responses provided to other visitors to this site who have had similar questions. In brief: (1) The zoning regulates height and density, but not the number of units which will be determined by the applicant at the Development Permit stage. (2) Yes, on-site parking must be provided, which will be underground on this site. (3) The number of parking spaces will be provided at the Development Permit stage as per the Parking By-law and proposed Transportation Demand Management plan. (4) The driveway location will be provided in architectural drawings submitted at the Development Permit stage, but a typical site design for corner lots can be seen in the design guidelines for residential rental districts. (5) and (6) Architectural drawings and supporting studies are not provided until the Development Permit stage, when public notification will again take place.

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    The traffic flow along East 33rd in both directions can be heavy at times and down to single lane due to residential parking by residents on East 33rd. I would like to see a left turn traffic control signal installed to reduce the congestion and keep traffic moving efficiently at that intersection. There is typically always cars turning left causing car to naturally avoid by switching to the right lane but this may be blocked by parked cars, or bus parking stop making entire traffic situation a nightmare in tight spaces. With the addition of a 5 storey building so close to that intersection, it will further cause more traffic problems as those residents need to enter or exit out from their parkade to East 33rd. The building will need services like Trash and Recycling pick up which causes more traffic in and out. Close by there is a Firehall and seemingly regular ambulances that rely on this route too. This further compounds the problem. Also when there is an accident along E 33rd it has a domino effect all the way down as there is no detour along the 33rd if you're stuck between the cemetary plots. Waiting 5-8 minutes just for 1-2 cars to turn left and 6-8 cars in line to do the same is not reasonable. Building a 5 storey building without address traffic impact is very important.

    JenJen asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for submitting your comments.

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    Why is this application for a RR-2B 5 story apartment building when there are NO buildings higher than 4 stories on E.33rd/Slocan from E29th (eastern border) and Ontario St (western border). Fraser St does not have anything higher than 4 stories from E.41st (South) to King Edward (North border). A 5 storey building does not fit the character of the neighbourhood. A more modest 3 storey building would be more consistent with respects to character.

    J Kong asked 10 days ago

    Council approved changes to the Secured Rental Policy, new district schedules and design guidelines to support rental buildings in Low-Density Transition Areas in December 2021 and January 2022. Please see the City Open House Boards.

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    What is the purpose of this virtual open house if you cant provide any answers about the proposed building? If you are asking for feedback as to whether we, as current residents, want a 5 storey building (i.e. RR 2B), then ask that question outright. Or is there any flexibility to change the proposed rezoning to something less dense like a 3 storey, if you get enough public feedback?

    J Kong asked 9 days ago

    The applicant has proposed rezoning to a 5-storey apartment building as per the RR-2B district schedule. A schematic diagram for this form of development, from the Council approved Residential Rental Districts Schedules Design Guidelines, has been shown in all public notification materials and will inform Council’s decision on the rezoning application. The applicant has not proposed a 3-storey building.

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    Hi Helen, (re 807-847 E 33) a few comments and questions for you. the opening "shape your city" web page has the location of the rezoning noted incorrectly. The site is on the NE corner of E33 at Prince Albert (not Fraser). The online information is very limited so forgive the questions, and I may have more as I think through this. 1. what is the form of development? townhouses, apartments? 2. how many units replace these 4 houses? 3. is parking provided off-street? if so, how much? 4. the zoning schedule provides allowances where the Director of planning "may" allow additional FSR or may reduce clearances. Which of these are being offered to the applicant? 5. Climate emergency and sustainability - will this development replace the greenspace and ~20 trees that are on-site? are they required to support sustainable transportation (eg bike share), TDM measures, or other city goals? 6. the RR-2B schedule allows for a 5 story building. is this being proposed? (FYI- The tallest buildings nearby are a maximum of 4 story in height.) I am looking forward to your reply so that I can provide thoughtful comment regarding this proposal.

    Scott asked 9 days ago

    Please go directly to the Shape Your City webpage for this project. There is extensive information about the project on this webpage and the location is shown correctly. Unfortunately, there is a mapping issue on the landing page for all “rezoning active and archived applications” that we have not been able to resolve. (1.&6.) A 5-storey rental apartment building is proposed as per the RR-2B district schedule. (2.) The number of apartment units will be indicated at the Development Permit stage when architectural drawings are submitted. (3.&5.) Off-street parking must be provided as per the Parking By-law, with an option to reduce vehicle parking requirements with a Transportation Demand Management plan (see parking summary in the design guidelines). (4.) The intent of rezoning to a specific district schedule is to provide certainty on built form for residents, while streamlining the review process. Most projects are expected to meet the minimum requirements of the district schedule, and the rezoning does not consider anything outside of these regulations. (6.) FYI - Council adopted changes to the Secured Rental Policy to support rental buildings in Low-Density Transition Areas, with details at a block level shown on this map and guide.

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    Will parking or charging stations be available

    Louisa asked 11 days ago

    Off-street parking must be provided and all residential parking stalls, except visitor stalls, must be equipped for electrical vehicle charging.

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    As a very nearby resident, we are concerned about how the influx of additional resident will likely affect street parking availability for us, our neighbours and our guests. Please advise if there will be underground parking created for this property and the ratio of units to parking stalls. Thank you.

    W Riches asked 12 days ago

    The development is required to provide off-street parking as per the Parking By-law and has an option to reduce vehicle parking requirements with a Transportation Demand Management Plan, as summarized on page 48 of the Residential Rental Districts Schedules Design Guidelines. Given the site and building form, off-street parking will include underground parking.

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    Is there a stream/diversion running underneath Durward & Prince Albert (you can hear a lot of water running)? If this application is digging quite deep (e.g. underground parking), what impact will there be on that waterway? And if there is a stream, is there any interest in daylighting it? [I apologize if I'm incorrect and there isn't a stream. I know there are are several within a 8 block radius of this application)

    J Kong asked 12 days ago

    The City’s VanMap GIS platform does not indicate that an old stream underlies the development site. Though, the mapping platform does, as you have indicated, show old streams to the east and west of the site.

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    Assuming that the applicant is successful in every round of consultation and approval etc, when would ground be broken AND how long will it take for complete construction?

    J Kong asked 12 days ago

    City staff do not have information on construction time frames for private development. A Council decision on the rezoning application is not anticipated until early 2023.

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    How will off street parking if the development is the length of a house lot? If the applicants are considering underground parking, where will the entrance/exit be? I am concerned about the significant amount of traffic on Durward Ave if the applicant plans to build the parking entrance on this very, very quiet street (and not a back lane). What traffic measures will be put into place - regardless of where the entrance will be?

    J Kong asked 12 days ago

    The RR-2B district schedule and related Council approved design guidelines specifies yard setbacks and limits parking structures in order that the apartment building does not occupy the full extent of the property. Access to parking will be shown in site plans provided at Development Permit. For schematic diagrams of access and open space for apartments on corner lots, see page 19 of the guidelines. Engineering reviews, including for transportation, are currently underway.

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