2821-2869 E 49th Ave rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 2821-2869 E 49th Ave. The zoning would change from RS-1 (Residential) District to RR-2B (Residential Rental) District.

The RR-2B District allows for:

  • A 5-storey apartment building(s) where all units are secured as market rental;
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) up to 2.2; and
  • A maximum building height of 16.8 m (55 ft.).

The application is being considered under the Secured Rental Policy (Section 2.4 Rezonings in Low-Density Transition Areas).

If approved, this site's zoning will change to RR-2B. Any development on the site would have to conform to these zoning regulations and design guidelines. This approach differs from a site-specific Comprehensive Development (CD) District rezoning. It allows for a simplified rezoning process and provides greater clarity and consistency on the types of new secured rental buildings that may be built in eligible low-density areas.

The specific form of development (building design) will be reviewed through a future Development Permit process. Application drawings will be available for viewing and comment at that time.

Rezoning Policy Background

On December 14, 2021, Council approved amendments to the Secured Rental Policy (SRP) to allow simplified rezonings in low-density areas near shopping, public transportation and other amenities. This policy is intended to help:

  • Increase housing choice for renter households
  • Streamline processes and clarifying policy requirements
  • Diversify rental housing options
  • Respond to the City’s Climate Emergency
  • Help enhance local shopping areas
  • Improving livability of rental housing

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 2821-2869 E 49th Ave. The zoning would change from RS-1 (Residential) District to RR-2B (Residential Rental) District.

The RR-2B District allows for:

  • A 5-storey apartment building(s) where all units are secured as market rental;
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) up to 2.2; and
  • A maximum building height of 16.8 m (55 ft.).

The application is being considered under the Secured Rental Policy (Section 2.4 Rezonings in Low-Density Transition Areas).

If approved, this site's zoning will change to RR-2B. Any development on the site would have to conform to these zoning regulations and design guidelines. This approach differs from a site-specific Comprehensive Development (CD) District rezoning. It allows for a simplified rezoning process and provides greater clarity and consistency on the types of new secured rental buildings that may be built in eligible low-density areas.

The specific form of development (building design) will be reviewed through a future Development Permit process. Application drawings will be available for viewing and comment at that time.

Rezoning Policy Background

On December 14, 2021, Council approved amendments to the Secured Rental Policy (SRP) to allow simplified rezonings in low-density areas near shopping, public transportation and other amenities. This policy is intended to help:

  • Increase housing choice for renter households
  • Streamline processes and clarifying policy requirements
  • Diversify rental housing options
  • Respond to the City’s Climate Emergency
  • Help enhance local shopping areas
  • Improving livability of rental housing

Learn more about:


‚ÄčThe 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 14 to December 4, 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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    Q1: Will adjacent property values decline? Q2: Will the new rental building have underground parking? (street parking along East 49th Avenue at these addresses and along side streets are already at full capacity every evening.)

    Born in BC asked 2 months ago

    (1) Property values are not assessed by the City. For further information, please see BC Assessment. (2) The proposed rental building must provide off-street parking, as per requirements of the Parking By-law and summarized on page 48 of the guidelines. Given the site area and the proposed five-storey building, parking would largely be provided underground.

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    Why is this re-zoning just in the middle of the residential neighbourhood block? This will affect the type of family in the neighbourhood, block views to residential housing, and cause parking issues.

    Killarney neighbour asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for the email. Please see the posted response for a similar question:

    This proposal is being considered under the Secured Rental Policy, which was adopted by Council to encourage new rental housing. Please see Appendix A for a map of other low density locations that are eligible for similar rezonings. Individual property owners submit rezoning applications at a time of their own choosing, and the Secured Rental Policy does not regulate when such development occurs.

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    Why is the rezoning in the middle of a residential block and not start at the edge, corner or whole block? Cause viewing issues, parking issues, and changes the feel to the residential class of houses which would affect the type of families in the neighbourhood.

    Mehl asked 3 months ago

    This proposal is being considered under the Secured Rental Policy, which was adopted by Council to encourage new rental housing. Please see Appendix A for a map of other low density locations that are eligible for similar rezonings. Individual property owners submit rezoning applications at a time of their own choosing, and the Secured Rental Policy does not regulate when such development occurs.

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    Just want to know total number of apartment unit in these 5 story apartment building and then impacting traffic and parking in our neighborhood ?

    mikesra asked 3 months ago

    Under the simplified rezoning process for Residential Rental district schedules, project statistics, architectural drawings and supporting studies are not provided until a future Development Permit process, if the rezoning is approved by Council. The number of apartment units  will be informed by the design guidelines for residential rental districts and by other zoning regulations such as those on minimum and maximum unit sizes, number of required family units and so forth. Off-street parking must be provided by the development, as per requirements of the Parking By-law and summarized on page 48 of the guidelines.

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