In response to requests, documents below from Council discussion and decisions this past week with the final motions from Council on respective rezonings at 228-246 East Broadway/180 Kingsway (Rize Alliance) and 1870 East 1st Avenue/1723 Victoria Drive. Note that these motions have been voted on but are considered draft until the minutes are accepted at the next Council meeting.
Also adding some links to the Mount Pleasant Community Plan, passed by Council at the recommendation of staff and the community members who developed it on November 18, 2010). Community Plans are the policy documents that staff rely on when they make recommendations on rezoning applications so this was a well read, cited, quoted, analyzed and interpreted document during the presentations and debate.
- Mount Pleasant Community Plan
- Staff report to Council on Mount Pleasant Community Plan
- Video of Staff presentation, community presentations, Council debate on Mount Pleasant Community Plan
Finally, if you live in either of these communities and are interested in being more involved in the implementation of the plan (Mount Pleasant) or updating the current community plan (Grandview Woodlands), here are the links to get more involved:
REZONING: 228-246 East Broadway and 180 Kingsway (Rize Alliance)
MOTION FROM COUNCIL
Accepted staff Summary and Recommendation (online at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20120417/documents/ub1_SummaryandRecommendation.pdf)
AND added the following:
E That the Director of Finance place the total CAC proceeds in a specific reserve to be allocated to public amenities within the Mt Pleasant community.
F That staff report back to Council within 6 months from this date with a clear strategy on the use of the CAC's designated for cultural amenities up to $4.5M in the form of capital contribution and or operating endowment in order to bring on line community-based artist production space in the Mt Pleasant community.
G That staff report back within 6 months on the proposed strategy to utilize the $1.75M designated for affordable housing for contributing to the availability of affordable housing in the Mt Pleasant community.
H That staff consult with Mount Pleasant Community Liaison Group on the implementation strategy of the CAC’s.
Prior to issuance of a development permit, the applicant is to work with staff to improve the esthetics of the building and particularly with the bulky appearance of the podium given specific consideration to matters including but not limited to the following:
- On the Broadway elevation, the breaking up of the large, monolithic, horizontal element that is presently located above the pedestrian colonnade in order to reduce its scale and mass;
- strengthen walk-ability along the Broadway frontage by adding a secondary order of building elements within the colonnade and at the sidewalk level that are pedestrian scaled;
- On all facades, refinement of the exterior wall treatments to create elements of smaller scale and expression.
- Additional measures to enhance the pedestrian realm, particularly along Watson Street as set out in the Mount Pleasant Community Plan.
REZONING: 1870 East 1st Avenue and 1723 Victoria Drive
Accepted staff Summary and Recommendation (online at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20120417/documents/phea3summary.pdf) with the following amended conditions:
In 2. strike the words "to the north elevation" and add the words "with special attention to blend and be more reflective of the built form in the surrounding RT-5 zoned neighbourhood." to the end of the paragraph, and in the Note to Applicant replace the words "north façade" with the word "development" so that 2. reads:
Significant design development to achieve visual compatibility with the finer-grained, historic and residential character of the immediate neighbourhood with special attention to blend and be more reflective of the built form in the surrounding RT-5 zoned neighbourhood.
Note to Applicant: The immediate neighbourhood is comprised of many original historical houses that link the area to Vancouver’s past. As such, the current zoning responds to this historical context by requiring new development to be compatible with this heritage character. While the proposal is not necessarily expected to mimic this historical context, visual compatibility should be achieved. The proposed building introduces a form, massing and height that is atypical from the fine-grained, single-lot development in the area, making it more challenging to blend in with the neighbourhood. Nevertheless, a finer-grained development can achieve visual compatibility by using some or all of the following design ideas: 1) Greater modulation of the north elevation by creating secondary forms in the wall and roof to de-emphasize the overall building mass; 2) Employing wall-cladding and roofing materials that are similar to traditional materials in texture, size and reflectivity; and 3) Stronger articulation through the balanced composition of wall projections and insets to achieve visual depth with strong solid-void and light-shadow relationships.
In 20. (iii) strike "a commitment to establish" and "if the need for such involvement is determined by the Managing Director of Social Development." so that 20. (iii) reads:
a Community Advisory Committee