- 64 social housing units
- A floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.92
- A floor area of 4,805 sq. m (51,718 sq. ft.)
- A building height of 19.5 m (64 ft.)
- 29 vehicle parking spaces and 144 bicycle parking spaces
We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1885 E Pender St. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 6-storey social housing building for the Aaron Webster Housing Cooperative. The zoning would change from RM-4 (Residential) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:
Susanne Dahlin, Chair of the Britannia Planning and Development Committee, will provide some context for our discussion of the proposal from the City of Vancouver to include up to 300 units of residential housing on the Britannia Community Centre site, as part of the Renewal process.
Following Ms. Dahlin's introduction, GWAC will lead a series of discussions to better understand the preferences of the participants regarding housing on the community centre site.
Each discussion will be followed by a web poll in which participants can privately declare their preferences. The results of the polls will be shared with the participants and forwarded to Britannia for consideration.
Monday, April 12th at 7:00PM
Zoom LInk: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88413712267?pwd=QjdwdzBHRUxOUXhialJPR2loYWFBZz09
Grandview Heritage Group
We meet to talk about the history of the Grandview neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC, including the heritage buildings, commercial history, and the evolution of our dynamic high street, Commercial Drive.
Join us! We meet most months on the third Thursday at 7:00 pm, currently via Zoom. To get in touch with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grandview Garden Club
We have a speaker every month on a topic of relevance to Vancouver gardeners. Yearly membership is $20 and we meet via Zoom on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. A Zoom meeting link is sent to members a few days before each meeting. (When we return to face-to-face meetings, we’ll invite occasional drop-ins again.) Our past two meeting topics were “How to use shrubs as small trees in your urban garden” and “Ferns”. The joy of Zoom meetings means we can recruit speakers from outside Vancouver. For April, the talk will be “Attracting birds to your garden”. Join the club!
To get in touch with us, email email@example.com.
We are a little group that looks after the Napier Square Greenway (between Choices and Sweet Cherubim at the Napier St. entry to Britannia). We’ve been maintaining this garden for over 20 years! Weather permitting, we meet most spring, summer, and fall, on Monday afternoons at 3:00 to weed, prune, plant, rake, chat. We learn a lot about gardening and we invite you to join us. Please wear a mask and bring your own tools for COVID safety. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of today, roads in the section of Grandview bounded by Clark Drive, Grandview Highway, Commercial Drive, and First Avenue have a new speed limit of just 30 km/h, down from the city default on local streets of 50 km/h. This is a trial for what many hope will become a more widespread change in traffic habits in Vancouver.
Read more about it on the City of Vancouver's press release:
How can we rebalance our relationship to nature and reshape our city?
Join us to discuss this question and more at the fifth event of The Future We Want: The Change We Need series. Hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with Simon Fraser University, this inclusive thought-provoking morning will feature a panel of knowledgeable presenters, each bringing diverse perspectives.
March 4, 2021 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Register for free here--->https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reimagining-streets-and-the-public-realm-towards-a-green-connected-city-registration-142715484857
Residents who want to weigh in on the proposal have until Feb. 28 to fill out a survey on the city’s website.
That feedback will be reviewed, and used to focus a second round of consultation this spring.
A final proposal is anticipated to arrive at city council by the summer.
Help us build a cleaner, healthier city while better managing street space.
In November 2020, Vancouver City Council directed staff to explore a citywide residential parking program with a carbon surcharge as part of the (External link)(External link)Climate Emergency Action Plan(External link)(External link)(External link).
The program would help us reduce pollution while addressing current and future parking issues in a growing, changing city. It would:
Join the Grandview Woodland Area Council
Annual General Meeting
Monday, March 1st at 7:00PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677469965?pwd=UUNudXNGYnFiditOZkg0SFROZEl3dz09You're all invited to join us for the GWAC Annual General Meeting - come, bring your friends and please encourage anyone you think would be a good fit, to run for the Council. We welcome new Directors and the role need not be daunting - make it yours.
Come be a voice for your community
During our AGM, author, historian and activist Jak King has kindly offered to regale us with his compelling perspective on the process of neighbourhood area planning as he experienced it during the recent formulation of the Grandview Woodland Community Plan.
He'll take us through the bumps and bruises of a planning process driven by a City rich on developer contributions. He'll give us his analysis, warts and all, and undoubtedly he'll offer a vision of a better way.
GWAC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: GWAC AGM
Time: Mar 1, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 886 7746 9965
Dial by your location
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcGGyzFRhv
You know that foul cloying odor of cooked rotten flesh, sulfurous rotten eggs, and burned hair and bones that drifts over and sometimes hangs in the neighborhood in nice weather in the summer? Well, it’s set to get worse.
Sign the petition here--->https://bit.ly/2LwsHX7
In 2010, after years of campaigning by the neighborhood to get West Coast Reduction (WCR) to control the odours coming from the plant at the foot of Commercial Drive the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board rejected calls for stricter odor limits coming from the plant.
The plant processes animal waste including fish, bones, fat, blood, and feathers, with the odor drifting across our neighbourhood sometimes as far as Penticton or Slocan Streets.
In recent years the situation finally improved somewhat when the odours have only occurred during the nicest weather carried into the neighbourhood by the westerly winds common during fair weather. Now with the permit extension application, the company intends to increase its emissions output.
In the application West Coast Reduction states that it plans to increase emissions of Ammonia from 1.692 tonnes per year to 2.16 tonnes, Nitrogen oxides (NOx) from 52.782 tonnes to 67.534, Sulphur Oxides (SOx) from 1.082 to 1.384, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) from 2.901 tonnes to 3.712, Total Particulate Matter from 42.555 tonnes to 49.899 tonnes and Methane from 102.234 tonnes to 126.257 tones.
In addition, they wish the permit period to extend for 15 years from 2021 to 2036
If you wish to provide comments on this application, you may do so by either:
Email to WestcoastReductionComments@metrovancouver.org;
webform by visiting www.metrovancouver.org and searching for “Air quality Notification” then clicking on Westcoast Reduction Ltd.; or by regular mail to
Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division
February 11th, 2021 at 6pm
Vancouver City Council will be considering a proposal for a 9-story building at 1766 Frances. It’s your last chance to speak up and to make your voice heard. City Council will hear residents by phone only.
Sign up speak: email@example.com or call 604-829-4238
Send in your letters: via the City’s web comment form
For more information on the Public Hearing, please go to the City’s website at vancouver.ca/meetingschedule
select: Get Agenda and Minutes, February 11th Public Hearing and to send comments choose: Send Comments to Council
Application details: https://shapeyourcity.ca/1766-frances-st
Note: the City is only looking at new correspondence on this rezoning.
If you’ve already written Council on this matter,
please consider writing again.
The No mega Towers At Safeway Site has improved again!
Click on the link
Scroll halfway down the page to "email mayor and councillors"
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An eloquently written letter addressed to the mayor and the council members will pop up already addressed.
Sign your name.
It's so very easy to voice your opinion.
An avenue to voice your opinion, and gather more information on the proposed towers at the Safeway site at Commercial and Broadway.
Fight the Fortress!
–for the massive size of the site
–for the height bonuses being requested
–for the city’s housing affordability crisis
There is a better design!
This previous design concept is more in keeping with what the community and City felt appropriate for this site.
With the majority of the city’s residents living in rental housing, what does this mean for the next generation of Vancouverites? Or for seniors and families, for low-income, racialized and marginalized households, and for the many others who do not see a secure housing future in Vancouver?
How must the City of Vancouver think differently about housing and the housing market to better meet the needs of its residents, ensuring priority for those with the greatest need? And how can a new city-wide plan ensure the urgent and transformative change necessary to establish an equitable housing system?
Join us to discuss these questions at our free webinar on January 21, the second event in “The Future We Want: The Change We Need” series, hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with SFU Public Square, the SFU City Program, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and SFU Urban Studies.
Towards a More Equitable Housing System:
Is Vancouver a City for Renters?
Thursday, January 21
3 p.m.–5 p.m. PST
Speakers: Khelsilem (Squamish Nation Councillor), William Azaroff, Leilani Farha, Evan Siddall, Barbara Steenbergen, Andy Yan
Moderators: Kerry Gold, Meg Holden
Register Here: https://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/upcoming-events/the-future-we-want/towards-a-more-equitable-housing-system.html
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to inform you that we are now accepting applications for the third and last application intake period for the Centerm Community Fund. The Centerm Community Fund is a $500,000 fund for projects and programs run by organizations in the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise, and Grandview-Woodlands. Applications can be submitted until April 2, 2021.
Construction of the Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project has been underway since the summer of 2019. As part of this project, and our commitment to supporting local communities, the port authority, in collaboration with Centerm container terminal operator DP World, is donating $2 million to community organizations and initiatives in East Vancouver.
For more information see the news release issued in July 2019.
Part of this donation included the creation of the $500,000 Centerm Community Fund to provide support for projects proposed by organizations in the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise, and Grandview-Woodlands. This fund is one way we’re saying “thank you” to the community for your patience while significant construction is completed on the Centerm terminal and along the south shore of the Burrard Inlet.
During two previous rounds of funding, the port authority provided grants to 29 local organizations. The selection committee chose a variety of programs that support many people in our port city, including some of the most vulnerable—children, elders, low-income families, Indigenous peoples, unemployed, and newcomers to Canada—and contribute to enabling thriving communities over the long term. For a list of recipients, see our website.
Starting on January 5, 2021 until April 2, 2021, the port authority is accepting applications for the third and last round of funding. Applications must be received during the intake period to be considered.
Organizations that submitted in previous intakes are welcome to re-apply.
On December 7, 2020, GWAC held a Zoom meeting to discuss the proposed Westbank development on the Safeway site at Broadway and Commercial. If you would like to comment on the proposal, please go to the City's "shape your city" site and fill out the comments form. https://shapeyourcity.ca/1780-e-broadway
GWAC Zoom meeting, Dec 7th, 7:00 — The Proposed Development at the Safeway Site, Broadway & Commercial Drive
This is the biggest development proposal to hit East Vancouver in decades. The site has languished for a long time, but now the developer, Westbank Corp., is putting forward a massive three-tower proposal, with heights up to 30 storeys above a six-storey retail and office plinth and almost 700 residential units — market rentals and condos. The City of Vancouver has designated this piece of property as a "transit-oriented development" site with two and possibly three transit lines converging there.
The Westbank proposal is very dense — definitely NOT the more moderate, lower, mixed-height concept envisioned in the City's approved Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
And the massive scale of the proposal threatens forever the very nature of the much-loved and low-rise Commercial Drive area.
Join Grandview-Woodland Area Council (GWAC) at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7th, via Zoom, to learn more about the proposal and have your say on whether or not this is the way the city should proceed.
If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the Zoom link.
A "State of the Drive" Update: How are our local merchants faring? And a discussion of Commercial Drive safety and security.
Monday, November 2nd at 7PM
online via zoom
Nick Pogor, Executive Director of the Commercial Drive Business Society will give us an update regarding the state of our local merchants and share some concerns about safety and security in Grandview.
Jak King will give an overview of recent changes on the Drive.
Eileen Mosca will bring us a view from the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre.
Join us online for our monthly GWAC meeting and join the discussion.
Please email for the Zoom link: email@example.com
We held our first Zoom community meeting on October 5. The topic was housing - how we provide it for varying community needs, and what concerns residents have about housing types and forms.
We were pleased that over 22 people logged in and expressed their views. Many emphasized their strong support for social housing in the neighbourhood, but were concerned about whether the recommendations of the community plan related to height, density, and placement were being ignored.
Participants also referenced issues related to the recent park encampments with concerns expressed about safety and a lack of washroom facilities for campers. So far city officials have failed to address neighbourhood worries about these encampments and any housing provided for campers will certainly be many months away at best.
Temporary modular housing (TMH) was discussed with concerns about the city’s proposed 98 units at 1580 Vernon Street in an industrial area west of Clark. This, along with a large social housing facility planned at Clark and First Avenue is too large a concentration of units in an unsuitable area, some suggested.
Some community activists have also advocated for TMH behind the Kettle drop in centre on Commercial Drive and Venables. However the city is unlikely to pursue this option, preferring to work on a proposal for the Kettle Friendship Society to build 50 units of housing and a drop in centre on that city parking lot instead.
The 9-story building proposed at 1766 Frances was discussed. The applicant, the Vancouver Native Housing Society, is seeking 84 social housing units “with rental rates set at 30% of a household’s income.” Participants re-iterated their broad support for social housing in Grandview-Woodland, but with concerns about this building’s height, density and precedent-setting for future developments.
We feel this first Zoom session was a resounding success and hope to hold more forums in the near future. Stay tuned!
Letter to Council: please defeat motion to rescind protection of rental units on Commercial Drive and other C-2 zones
Here's an update. Mayor Kennedy Stewart withdrew his motion. This was announced via the City Clerk's twitter:
Council Members' Motion B4 - Rescinding Motion to Include C-2 Zones in Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan, has been withdrawn.
However, for the rental protection changes to take effect, City staff still have yet to produce a report with bylaw changes in a Policy Report. The Policy Report would then need to be referred to a future Public Hearing. We'll keep you posted about how staff progress with C-2 rental protections.
Our original post is below.
GWAC opposes the motion by Mayor Kennedy Stewart to rescind the protection of rental units along Commercial Drive and in other parts of Vancouver that fall under the C-2 zoning designation. This motion is on the Council agenda for Tuesday, March 12th.
The following letter was sent to Council with the support of GWAC and other community groups in the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods:
Re: Motion B.4 – Rescinding Motion to Include C-2 Zones in Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan
May 12 Council Item B.4: https://council.vancouver.ca/documents/b4.pdf
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) opposes this Motion to rescind the previous directions from Council.
City Council, on November 26, 2019, voted by majority:
THAT Council instruct staff to prepare a report for consideration for referral to public hearing to amend the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to extend rental replacement requirements to C-2, C-2C, C-2B and C-2B-1 zoning districts city-wide.
There exist, at present, arterial and high streets in neighbourhoods across Vancouver with C-2 zones. This zoning includes many grandfathered existing rental buildings, sometimes with residential rental units on all floors, some with residential rental above commercial, in a 3 or 4-storey form. These C-2 zones can be found on portions of streets including West 4th Avenue, Main Street, Commercial Drive, Kingsway, West 41st Avenue, Fraser, Victoria, East Hastings and Dunbar. Under existing conditions, these affordable rental units can be torn down and replaced with market condos.
The Mayor, through this Motion, is calling for the removal of this rental protection. Previously, through their vote, Council directed staff to draft changes to include C-2 in the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to be brought forward at a future public hearing. The Rental Housing Stock ODP, which includes a “rate of change” policy that requires that rental units be replaced one-for-one in any redevelopment of a property, also provides for a tenant relocation policy.
In a time of extremely low vacancy rate for rental accommodation, we need to defeat this attempt to reverse the will of Council, and support the extension of rental protections to the C-2 zones.
Regular monthly meetings hosted by GWAC are on hold, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Britannia Community Centre and the Learning Resource Centre at the library, our usual meeting space, have been temporarily closed. Please stay safe.
You can also reach us at our Facebook page here and via our normal email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGM March 7th with special guest speaker Michael Kluckner. A Century of Planning in Vancouver: From Bartholomew to City Plan
A Century of Planning in Vancouver:
From Bartholomew to City Plan
Over 90 years ago Vancouver hired Harland Bartholomew & Associates to create Vancouver’s first city-wide plan, providing a template for the ambitious young city that was poised to amalgamate with two neighbouring municipalities to become the modern City of Vancouver. Automobile-oriented transportation and industrial growth were priority considerations.
Author, and Grandview-Woodland resident, Michael Kluckner will explore what was implemented, what worked and what did not, and track more recent changes in legislation and development, such as the vision for False Creek, condominium living and the push for compact communities in both the city and the region.
GWAC Annual General Meeting
2:30pm, Saturday, March 7th,
Canucks Family Room
GWAC will report on the year's activities & hold elections to to form a new Council.
Call to order & establish quorum
Approval of minutes of 2018 AGM
Transportation Committee Report
Election to Council
We encourage all residents to consider standing for election to the Council. If you care about:
** In order to stand for election, or to vote on the election of Directors it is necessary to be a resident of GW and a registered member of GWAC. if you are not already registered as a member you may register at the meeting as a member by signing in with your name, street address and email address; A sign-up table will be available at the front door to enrol new members and supply your ballot. Please consider coming a bit early to avoid a line-up.
The meeting on February 3rd was very well attended, and Councillor Hardwick went through a brief history of planning in Vancouver, followed by an open discussion. As a graphical record of the meeting, we are grateful for the kind assistance of Drawing It Out with Anika Barlow and Yolanda Liman. Donations were accepted for Kinbrace Refugee Housing & Support, a Registered Canadian Charity (thank you all for your generosity). To find out more about Drawing it Out, please go to www.drawingitout.com (Twitter & Instagram): @yodrawingitout, Facebook: www.facebook.com/drawingitout ).
The City of Vancouver will hold an Open House on Tuesday, February 4th regarding a rezoning proposal for two 6-storey buildings at 1425 and 1451 East 12th Avenue. The event will be held between 5 pm and 8 pm at 2776 Semlin Drive (Lakeview Multicultural United Church).
The proposal seeks to add 157 seniors housing units, with a floor area of 97,779 sq ft (2.56 FSR), a height of 68 ft (20.7m) and with 33 underground parking spaces.
Further details are available on the City's rezoning centre:
Rezoning sign (above) and one of the existing buildings on the site at 1425 East 12th Avenue (below)
Come to hear City Councillor Colleen Hardwick's ambitious plan to understand Vancouver & its citizens, & to see Vancouver become more responsive & accountable!
In 2019 the City approved an updated city-wide planning process. It is understood that Vancouver needs to accommodate greater density within its boundaries, however the challenge and issue has been exactly where to locate this growing population in a way that is respectful of and sensitive to the neighbourhoods.
In 2020, Colleen plans to visit every neighbourhood within the boundaries of the City. In each case, she will meet with organizations within neighbourhood boundaries including but not limited to residents’ associations, BIAs, community centres, heritage, and faith-based groups to take a detailed look at where to best accommodate growth of approximately 1,000 new dwelling units per neighbourhood over the next decade.
On Monday she will be in Grandview-Woodland to speak to and hear from you.
She wants to hear what you have to say about where that density should be located and also related considerations including community amenities, mobility, green space, and economic activity. Everything Colleen learns will be delivered to the City of Vancouver Planning Department and be made available to the public.
So come to hear & speak with Councillor Hardwick; let her know your concerns, your priorities and your hopes for both Grandview-Woodland and the City at large.
February 3, 2019 Update: Photo from meeting (Councillor Hardwick presenting, with graphical facilitation by Drawing It Out (www.drawingitout.com)
GWAC writes City Council asking for delay of Grandview-Woodland Community Plan amendments, Public Hearing on January 28th
GWAC wrote City Council to ask for a delay of amendments to the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. The changes are in the package that also includes the rezoning of two blocks in the Plan area.
The Public Hearing for the proposed changes is now scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th. This will be a continuation of a previous meeting with debate on item #4 to start at 3pm. This item is #6 on the agenda and it will likely be up sometime after 4:30pm and the item will begin with a staff presentation before speakers are heard.
Further details: Area -wide rezoning at Public Hearing continues Jan 28, 2020, 3pm (Nanaimo / Kitchener / Charles St), Grandview-Woodland Community Plan amendments
Attn: Mayor Kennedy Stewart and City Councillors:
Re: Please delay and defer changes to the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan
The Grandview-Woodland Area Council would like to convey our deep concerns about the very long list of amendments to the Community Plan that have been included in item #6 of the agenda for the Public Hearing on January 21st. This item reads as follows (emphasis added):
6. REZONING: Rezoning of Certain Properties in the Nanaimo Sub-area of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan, and Related Plan Amendments
The wider community of Grandview-Woodland never received any public notification of the Plan Amendments, nor were there any Open Houses to discuss changes to many sections of the Community Plan that have wide impacts across the neighbourhood. The full final text and final diagrams for the Plan Amendments have not been included in the report.
Thus, we kindly request that Council sever the sections of this item on amending the Community Plan, and at this Public Hearing limit the discussions and final votes to only to the rezoning of parcels in the two identified blocks (Kitchener and Nanaimo and E12th and Nanaimo St).
Please vote to delay and defer any changes to the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan (GWCP) until a later date.
In this manner, due process can be followed with considering changes to the Community Plan, the full text of the proposed changes as well as completed illustrations can be reviewed, and this matter can be considered after public consultation and feedback.
Thank you for your consideration,
(a link to the letter is available here on the City's website)
The City of Vancouver has scheduled a Public Hearing on January 23, 2019 to consider whether to approve or reject a rezoning proposal for 2209-2249 East Broadway. A total of 87 condo units are proposed on a site assembly of 6 lots. A six storey building with a height of 70.5 ft (21.5m), a floor space ratio of 2.65 (64,465 sq. ft) and having a total of 95 underground parking spaces with access from the laneway is included in this rezoning application.
The Public Hearing starts at 6pm. Information on how sign up and speak to City Council is available at the top of the meeting agenda page: https://council.vancouver.ca/20200123/phea20200123ag.htm. Letters can also be sent to email@example.com regarding this rezoning.
While this item is #4 on the agenda, the first three items will likely take only a few minutes to review as those are very minor amendments. Hence 2209-2249 East Broadway will probably start with staff presentations between 6:15 and 6:45pm on Thursday, January 23rd at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue at Cambie). Links to the application, staff report and other resources are below.
The staff report regarding this proposal is available here (the last two pages contain a technical summary):
It is worth noting that a CAC (Community Amenity Contribution) of $1,112,327 has been proposed, but this has not been directly allocated. The CAC is “to support delivery of the Grandview-Woodland Public Benefit Strategy”. As such, the CAC could be sequestered by the City for years and not released for immediate use if the application were to be approved.
The plans and other technical details for the rezoning application can be found here:
A policy report that the City is referencing is the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. Section "6.7.3 Broadway East Multi-Family" on page 119 of the plan describes setbacks, heights and other criteria.
The Final Report of the Citizens' Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan contained the following direction regarding this site:
"16.23: We recommend a limit of four storeys residential along Broadway from Semlin Drive to Garden Drive. We recommend a limit of three storeys residential along the north side of East 10th Avenue from Semlin Drive to Garden Drive. See 16.12 for important recommendations about limiting impact of new developments on existing residents. "