Downtown Official Development Plan Amendment - Area K3

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Aerial with affected area highlighted (Granville St, between Helmcken and Drake Streets)Image: Granville Street downtown perspective

We are proposing an amendment to the Downtown Official Development Plan (DODP) in Area K3 (between Drake Street and Helmcken Street on Granville Street) that supports the City's goal of increasing secured rental housing and social housing and promoting sustainable design and construction to address the climate emergency. The proposed zoning change includes a moderate increase to the allowable density (floor area) for developments in Area K3 where 100% of the residential floor space is secured rental housing or social housing.

Update: A previous version of this page did not include social housing as one of the possible allowable residential tenures for the increase allowance in density. Consistent with Council priorities, the City looks for opportunities across the city to provide social housing. Therefore, social housing is now included as an allowable rental in the proposed DODP amendment. As a result of this change to our online information, the online engagement was extended until January 11, 2021 to allow for additional feedback.

The proposed updates do not include any changes to the allowable heights, and are in keeping with current design guidelines for Granville Street, including consideration for heritage character.

We want to hear your comments about the proposed updates:

1. DODP amendments to allow for additional 100% secured rental housing or social housing development up to 5.0 floor space ratio (FSR), an increase from existing 3.50 FSR

  • No change to maximum height
  • For properties on Granville Street between Drake and Helmcken
  • On sites with buildings constructed in or after 1930, consistent with consideration for heritage character in this part of downtown
  • With maximum frontage of 23 m (75’)

2. Granville Street Urban Design Guidelines updates to encourage sustainability in design or construction

  • Encourage use of mass timber or other materials that result in low embodied emissions, or the use of building standards that result in low operational emissions.

How your input will be used and future opportunities for feedback

Following the engagement period, feedback will be summarized and incorporated in the Referral Report to Council in February 2021. At that meeting, Council will be asked to refer the proposed changes to a public hearing, which will likely take place a few weeks after the Referral Report. At the public hearing Council will hear from interested individuals and members of the public, and will consider all the feedback and the recommendations put forward in the Referral Report, and will decide whether to approve the changes.



Aerial with affected area highlighted (Granville St, between Helmcken and Drake Streets)Image: Granville Street downtown perspective

We are proposing an amendment to the Downtown Official Development Plan (DODP) in Area K3 (between Drake Street and Helmcken Street on Granville Street) that supports the City's goal of increasing secured rental housing and social housing and promoting sustainable design and construction to address the climate emergency. The proposed zoning change includes a moderate increase to the allowable density (floor area) for developments in Area K3 where 100% of the residential floor space is secured rental housing or social housing.

Update: A previous version of this page did not include social housing as one of the possible allowable residential tenures for the increase allowance in density. Consistent with Council priorities, the City looks for opportunities across the city to provide social housing. Therefore, social housing is now included as an allowable rental in the proposed DODP amendment. As a result of this change to our online information, the online engagement was extended until January 11, 2021 to allow for additional feedback.

The proposed updates do not include any changes to the allowable heights, and are in keeping with current design guidelines for Granville Street, including consideration for heritage character.

We want to hear your comments about the proposed updates:

1. DODP amendments to allow for additional 100% secured rental housing or social housing development up to 5.0 floor space ratio (FSR), an increase from existing 3.50 FSR

  • No change to maximum height
  • For properties on Granville Street between Drake and Helmcken
  • On sites with buildings constructed in or after 1930, consistent with consideration for heritage character in this part of downtown
  • With maximum frontage of 23 m (75’)

2. Granville Street Urban Design Guidelines updates to encourage sustainability in design or construction

  • Encourage use of mass timber or other materials that result in low embodied emissions, or the use of building standards that result in low operational emissions.

How your input will be used and future opportunities for feedback

Following the engagement period, feedback will be summarized and incorporated in the Referral Report to Council in February 2021. At that meeting, Council will be asked to refer the proposed changes to a public hearing, which will likely take place a few weeks after the Referral Report. At the public hearing Council will hear from interested individuals and members of the public, and will consider all the feedback and the recommendations put forward in the Referral Report, and will decide whether to approve the changes.