550-606 E King Edward Ave rezoning application

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This application was approved by Council at Public Hearing on July 11, 2023.

We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 550-606 E King Edward 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 where all units are secured as market rental; and
  • a floor space ratio (FSR) up to 2.2
  • 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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In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period was held in place of an in-person open house for this project.

We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 550-606 E King Edward 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 where all units are secured as market rental; and
  • a floor space ratio (FSR) up to 2.2
  • 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:

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period was held in place of an in-person open house for this project.

This application was approved by Council at Public Hearing on July 11, 2023.

The opportunity to ask questions through the Q&A is available from June 27 to July 17, 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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    Will any retail or commercial be at this property? Will a traffic report be provided at some point before going to council?

    justino asked almost 2 years ago

    No retail or commercial uses are proposed. The application is for rezoning to the RR-2B District Schedule which only permits residential rental uses. Under the simplified rezoning process for Residential Rental District Schedules, architectural drawings and supporting studies are not provided until a future Development Permit process. However, as part of the rezoning process, City Engineering staff are reviewing the application with respect to transportation impacts. If issues are identified, staff may set development conditions that include off-site improvement for traffic operations.

  • Share Hi, I just had a quick question regarding how this application is being allowed to proceed given that the assembly is in the middle of the block. According to the SRP, if the entire block is single family homes, it requires the first development to start at either corner of the block . Please advise. on Facebook Share Hi, I just had a quick question regarding how this application is being allowed to proceed given that the assembly is in the middle of the block. According to the SRP, if the entire block is single family homes, it requires the first development to start at either corner of the block . Please advise. on Twitter Share Hi, I just had a quick question regarding how this application is being allowed to proceed given that the assembly is in the middle of the block. According to the SRP, if the entire block is single family homes, it requires the first development to start at either corner of the block . Please advise. on Linkedin Email Hi, I just had a quick question regarding how this application is being allowed to proceed given that the assembly is in the middle of the block. According to the SRP, if the entire block is single family homes, it requires the first development to start at either corner of the block . Please advise. link

    Hi, I just had a quick question regarding how this application is being allowed to proceed given that the assembly is in the middle of the block. According to the SRP, if the entire block is single family homes, it requires the first development to start at either corner of the block . Please advise.

    Rick asked almost 2 years ago

    The Secured Rental Policy (SRP) does not require that the first development on a block of single family lots (RS/RT) include a corner lot. This option was an early consideration that was shared with the public as part of the engagement process on the policy update, but was not adopted. Instead, the SRP includes a remainder lot provision. i.e. Assemblies for arterial options should ensure that remainder RS/RT lots have a minimum 99 ft. of continuous site frontage.

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    How many parking spots will be required for this building?

    Darlene asked almost 2 years ago

    The number of parking spaces will be provided at a future Development Permit stage, together with architectural drawings and supporting studies, if the rezoning is approved by Council. The development is required to provide off-street parking as per requirements of the Parking By-law. The development may also opt to reduce their general vehicle parking requirements by providing measures which improve access to active and sustainable transportation options with a Transportation Demand Management plan. The parking requirements are summarized on page 48 of the Residential Rental Districts Schedules Design Guidelines.

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    How many units will be allowed in this building?

    Darlene asked almost 2 years ago

    The number of units will be provided by the applicant when architectural drawings are submitted at a future Development Permit process, if the rezoning is approved by Council. The number of units will be informed by 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, etc. Please note that a Development Permit will initiate another process for neighbourhood notification and public comment.