January 11, 2011
Vancouver City Council Policy on Higher Buildings

On January 20, 2011 Vancouver City Council will be considering a new policy entitled “Vancouver Views and Opportunities for Higher Buildings in Downtown Vancouver.” The outcome of this policy will have a significant impact on the redevelopment of a substantial part of your neighbourhood.

Recognizing the benefits that higher buildings and mixed-use developments can bring to an area where land is limited, Vancouver City Council directed the planning department to identify locations that could accommodate taller buildings without disrupting the City’s protected view corridors.

The designation of specific higher building sites is part of Vancouver City Council’s dedication to continue the forward-thinking urban planning that has helped make Vancouver’s downtown Penninsula one of the world’s most desirable places to live and work.

Burrard Gateway is one of six sites identified by the City Planning Department as suitable for a landmark tower taller than that allowed under current zoning. This policy demands a higher standard of architecture and a commitment to the highest standard of sustainable building practices and environmental excellence.

It is through rezoning of this type that local neighbourhoods receive additional amenities, such as the daycare, gallery space, rental apartments, car share program, grocery store and other retail operations proposed in Burrard Gateway.

Burrard Gateway will also provide approximately 250,000 sq. ft. of much needed office and retail space. This important addition to the area would provide job-space for over 700 people, add to the daytime vitality of the area and provide increased opportunities for local area business.

As in any civic initiative, there are people who oppose this policy. Their reasons are varied, but they will make sure their voices are heard.

The Higher Building Policy will make a significant landmark project like Burrard Gateway a possibility. Without rezoning, the individual lots will be developed as separate properties with maximum building heights up to 300’, but without any requirement to deliver public amenities, or the ability to locate significant retail operations, such as a grocery store, within the development.

We urge you to take an active role in the development of your neighbourhood by supporting Vancouver City Council and the City Planning Department on their Policy on Taller Buildings.

Again, thank you for your support and your active participation in the process.

To send a message of support to City Council and Staff, click below:
mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca

To register to speak at the January 20, 2011 City Council hearing on “Vancouver Views and Opportunities for Taller Buildings”, contact:

Tina Hildebrandt at 604.873.7268 or by email at tina.hildebrandt@vancouver.ca.

To learn more about “Vancouver Views and Opportunities for Taller Buildings” visit the City website at:
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/capacitystudy/index.htm

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