A call to action by Abundant Housing Vancouver, which popped up in my e-mail (I know, so primitive, and not even on a phone).

It’s an example of pushback from a single-family-home ‘hood when faced with a relatively modest change (72 housing units, among the many thousands per year needed to begin to dent demand and affordability).

There’s a message here for council by-election candidates and parties who advocate re-zoning. My take on the message:  go big or go home.

Says Abundant Housing Vancouver:

Last February, we helped push forward a project in Kerrisdale to build 32 Social Housing units, add community space, retrofit the historic Dunbar Ryerson United Church, and build 40 market apartments and townhouses. Today, it’s time to to let the City know that these homes and homes like them should go forward.

On October 17 at 6 PM, the Dunbar Ryerson rezoning goes before City Council.

Sadly, against this are arrayed rich property owners who demand that these homes not disturb their exclusively zoned neighbourhood.  This project adds much needed rental housing to the exclusionary West Side, away from polluted arterials, but still a short walk from numerous shops, amenities, and frequent buses.

We’re asking you to let your voice be heard.  The most effective way to be heard is to sign up to speak at the hearing by registering with publichearing@vancouver.ca

If you can’t make the hearing, any letters the city receives are distributed to Mayor and Council before the hearing.  Looking for something to say? Try our letter writing tool, and add your voice to ours or craft your own letter, and we’ll send it automatically to City Hall.

More information – including how to sign up to speak at the public hearing – can be found on the city’s website. The public hearing is at City Hall on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 6 PM.

Thanks

PS: We’ve released our byelection candidate questionnaire results! 

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Project view from the south. Click to enlarge

Rezoning Application – 2165-2195 and 2205-2291 West 45th Avenue

 

The City of Vancouver has received an application to rezone 2165-2195 West 45th Avenue and 2205-2291 West 45th Avenue from RS-5 (One-Family Dwelling) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. The proposal for the two sites included in the rezoning application includes:

East Site:

    • a proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.47;
    • 8-storey market residential development (79,802 sq. ft.) with 2.5-storey townhouses along 45th Avenue and a 4-storey podium along the adjacent lane to the north;
    • 40 units comprised of 19 three bedrooms (47.5%), 16 two bedrooms (40%) and 5 one bedrooms (12.5%);

West Site:

    • a proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 1.73;
    • restoration, preservation and heritage designation, and seismic upgrading of the church including improvements to the sanctuary for enhanced music performance (13,338 sq. ft.);
        • a new community activity centre on levels 1-3 (19,131 sq. ft.); and
        • 32 units of social housing on levels 1-5 (25,006 sq. ft.) comprised of 6 two bedrooms (19%), 13 one bedrooms (40.5%) and 13 studio units (40.5%).
        • a proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 1.73;
        • restoration, preservation and heritage designation, and seismic upgrading of the church including improvements to the sanctuary for enhanced music performance (13,338 sq. ft.);
        • A new 5-storey (including basement) infill building with:
          • a new community activity centre on levels 1-3 (19,131 sq. ft.); and
          • 32 units of social housing on levels 1-5 (25,006 sq. ft.) comprised of 6 two bedrooms (19%), 13 one bedrooms (40.5%) and 13 studio units (40.5%).