In the City of Vancouver, council is trying to get as much done as they can before the October 20th election.
That includes rushing two Council reports — the Northeast False Creek (NEFC) rezoning plans for 750-772 Pacific Boulevard (the Plaza of Nations site, or Sub-area B), and the 777 Pacific Boulevard site (1 Robson Street, or Sub-area 10c).
The reports for these two sites can be found here and here. By approving these two reports to go to public hearing this summer, the Vision party dominated council can be assured that at least part of their housing mandate is pressed forward. But at what price? Read on >>
Found on the corner of Abbott St and W Hastings St, in a parking lot adjacent to the Woodward’s development.
Rezoning Application for a secured market rental housing project with commercial space on the ground floor – 95 West Hastings Street
The proposed rezoning details are reflective of Vancouver’s Rental 100 Policy:
132 units of secured market rental housing
commercial space on the ground floor
a floor space ratio of 7.62
74 vehicle parking spaces
167 bicycle parking spaces
a building height of 32m
The policy provides relaxations to developers who choose to build 100% secured market rental housing in defined locations. This incentive forms part of the City’s 2012-2021 Housing and Homelessness Strategy, which “identified the need for an additional 16,000 new units of rental housing, of which 5,000 are from purpose-built market rental units.”
In addition, the Strategy “sets aggressive targets for social housing (5,000 units by 2021) and supportive housing to end homelessness (2,900 units by 2021). The City is currently revising the Housing Strategy, noting targets exceeding those set in the current plan.
The Rental 100 Policy and it’s predecessor have been contentious – as illustrated by the court battle between the City and the West End Neighbours Residents Society. There is an open house for the West Hastings Rezoning from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Vancouver Community College, Room 240.