2090 SW Marine Dr rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 2090 SW Marine Dr. The proposal is to permit heritage retention and the development of two 2.5-storey infill buildings with basements. The zoning would change from R1-1 (Residential Inclusive) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 25 secured market rental units;
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 0.69;
  • A floor area of 2,240.45 sq. m (24,116 sq. ft.);
  • A maximum building height of 12.8 m (42 ft.); and
  • 26 vehicle parking spaces and 50 bicycle parking spaces.

The application is being considered under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy.

Application drawings and statistics on this webpage are posted as-submitted to the City. Following staff review, the final project statistics are documented within the referral report.

We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 2090 SW Marine Dr. The proposal is to permit heritage retention and the development of two 2.5-storey infill buildings with basements. The zoning would change from R1-1 (Residential Inclusive) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 25 secured market rental units;
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 0.69;
  • A floor area of 2,240.45 sq. m (24,116 sq. ft.);
  • A maximum building height of 12.8 m (42 ft.); and
  • 26 vehicle parking spaces and 50 bicycle parking spaces.

The application is being considered under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy.

Application drawings and statistics on this webpage are posted as-submitted to the City. Following staff review, the final project statistics are documented within the referral report.

​The virtual open house and Q&A has concluded. Thank you for participating.

The opportunity to ask questions through the Q&A is available from November 7 to November 27, 2022. 

We post all questions as-is and aim to respond within two business days. Some questions may require coordination with internal departments and additional time may be needed to post a response.

Please note that the comment form will remain open after the virtual open house time period. The Rezoning Planner can also be contacted directly for any further feedback or questions.

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    -what will the price of units be? will they in fact be 'affordable' - what criteria will be used to establish affordability? -is a traffic light being considered for the intersection of Arbutus and Marine Drive? -how does this meet the criteria for 'interim rezoning policy'? (NOT close to shopping, NO transit nearby, NO sidewalks/pedestrian access)

    JKevin asked over 1 year ago

    Rezonings considered under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy (AHC Policy) must provide 100% of the residential floor area as secured rental housing for the life of the building or 60 years, whichever is longer, therefore providing long-term purpose-built rental. The rental rates and future tenants will be determined by the owner/applicant.

    The AHC Policy was introduced to encourage purpose-built rental apartments and ground-oriented townhouses. For the pilot policy, sites within 100m of an arterial are eligible to develop ground-orientated rental. Here is an overview, with a map of eligible areas and the criteria for the policy

    A traffic signal at the intersection of Arbutus/SW Marine is not being considered at this time. 

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    The two main issues I see are the geotechnical implications of building something that big on the edge of a cliff, and the traffic safety issues. The materials say little about the first issue but I do see a lot of big trees will be removed. What are the geotechnical report conclusions about the safety of this project? Given the large number of trees being removed and the amount of land being built on, what are the implications for water runoff and retention? Is this site close to the aquifer that was identified a few years ago? With respect to traffic and parking, the site is on a section of Marine Drive that sees very heavy traffic, both cars and bicycles. 26 parking stalls seems inadequate considering that the nearest bus stop, at a 10 minute walk away, requires risking your life to cross Marine Drive. It is a much longer walk to get to a cross walk at 57th Avenue or Angus Drive. The proposal also notes it is close to Arbutus park (and McKechnie School) but again you risk your life getting across the street. Cars entering and exiting the site will cause additional traffic delays. Where will visitors park? Is there going to be another pedestrian cross walk at 62nd Avenue? Have the impacts on the bike lanes been considered? Marine Drive is already overburdened with vehicles and this project, as currently designed, will make it worse. Marine Drive is a two car lane and two bus lane arterial road. There isn’t a lot of scope to expand it.

    M.Worfolk asked over 1 year ago

    A preliminary geotechnical report and an arborist report are now available online. City staff are currently reviewing these documents as part of our assessment of the proposal, along with preliminary hydrological, rainwater management, and landscape plans submitted by the applicant. Staff are reviewing these as part of the rezoning application process and we will include conditions of approval if impacts are found at this stage. 

    If the rezoning application is approved by Council at Public Hearing, a more detailed assessment of how the development meets safety standards and building code requirements will take place during development permit and building permit processes, before permits are issued and construction can start.

    The applicant is proposing to meet the Parking By-law which includes provisions for vehicle parking for both residents, visitors, and those with accessible needs. The site is also in proximity to transit (transit routes along West Boulevard), and cycling infrastructure (routes along the Fraser River Trail, SW Marine Drive, and the Arbutus Greenway). As part of the rezoning process, staff will review the application with respect to transportation impacts and, if identified, may include development conditions for off-site requirements to improve transportation operations and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists adjacent to the site, such as widened boulevards, sidewalks, and new pedestrian crossings adjacent to the site.

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