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.

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.


Online Public Hearing: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm

The public hearing for the proposed changes to the DODP and the Granville Street Urban Design Guidelines will take place on March 11, 2021. 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 amendment to the DODP for Area K3.

This Public Hearing is to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, "Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3".

Due to COVID-19, a Public Health Order currently prohibits members of the public from attending the City’s Public Hearings in person. Members of the public can listen and watch the proceedings via the City’s website or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk. Speakers can participate by telephone or by providing written submissions.

Send your comments online(External link)

Request to speak by phone(External link)

(External link)

Or give feedback via mail to:

City of Vancouver, City Clerk’s Office

453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor

Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4

Requests to speak open at 8:30 am on Friday, February 26, 2021. Your comments and name will be published in the meeting record.

Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing at all times on the meeting agenda online, starting Friday, February 26, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Meeting minutes will also be available at this location approximately two business days after the hearing.


Thank you for your contributions to the engagement period!

Staff have reviewed and summarized all feedback received in an Engagement Summary (found under Documents on the right-hand side of this page).

A referral report (found under Documents on the right-hand side of this page) that incorporates engagement feedback and recommendations was presented to Council on February 9, 2021. At that meeting, Council referred the proposed changes to a public hearing. In addition to the changes proposed in the referral report regarding the DODP Amendment and changes to the Granville Street Urban Design Guidelines, staff recommended to Council that a Granville Street planning program be explored, based on interest and issues raised during the engagement period, and on interest from Council and stakeholders for greater change on Granville Street downtown. Therefore, Council also approved the following recommendation:

THAT, as part of efforts to advance and implement the Vancouver Plan, Council direct staff to report back to Council in 2021 with a draft scope of work and budget for a future planning program for Granville Street Downtown to build a vision for the future of the area, and review and update relevant regulation and policy.

FURTHER THAT staff consider any quick start actions or initiatives including development proposals that would support economic stimulus and cultural revitalization for the area.


Specific proposed updates - subject of the public hearing

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.





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.

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.


Online Public Hearing: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm

The public hearing for the proposed changes to the DODP and the Granville Street Urban Design Guidelines will take place on March 11, 2021. 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 amendment to the DODP for Area K3.

This Public Hearing is to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, "Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3".

Due to COVID-19, a Public Health Order currently prohibits members of the public from attending the City’s Public Hearings in person. Members of the public can listen and watch the proceedings via the City’s website or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk. Speakers can participate by telephone or by providing written submissions.

Send your comments online(External link)

Request to speak by phone(External link)

(External link)

Or give feedback via mail to:

City of Vancouver, City Clerk’s Office

453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor

Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4

Requests to speak open at 8:30 am on Friday, February 26, 2021. Your comments and name will be published in the meeting record.

Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing at all times on the meeting agenda online, starting Friday, February 26, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Meeting minutes will also be available at this location approximately two business days after the hearing.


Thank you for your contributions to the engagement period!

Staff have reviewed and summarized all feedback received in an Engagement Summary (found under Documents on the right-hand side of this page).

A referral report (found under Documents on the right-hand side of this page) that incorporates engagement feedback and recommendations was presented to Council on February 9, 2021. At that meeting, Council referred the proposed changes to a public hearing. In addition to the changes proposed in the referral report regarding the DODP Amendment and changes to the Granville Street Urban Design Guidelines, staff recommended to Council that a Granville Street planning program be explored, based on interest and issues raised during the engagement period, and on interest from Council and stakeholders for greater change on Granville Street downtown. Therefore, Council also approved the following recommendation:

THAT, as part of efforts to advance and implement the Vancouver Plan, Council direct staff to report back to Council in 2021 with a draft scope of work and budget for a future planning program for Granville Street Downtown to build a vision for the future of the area, and review and update relevant regulation and policy.

FURTHER THAT staff consider any quick start actions or initiatives including development proposals that would support economic stimulus and cultural revitalization for the area.


Specific proposed updates - subject of the public hearing

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.