OCP conflict, density transfer concerns, 1301 Lonsdale,

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We have received the following from a City resident, quoting in part:

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‘City in a conflict of interest re density transfer for the proposed Hollyburn development?

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Somehow the site at the corner of Lonsdale and 13 St West has mutated from an OCP compliant 12 story building with a FSR of 4.0 that nicely fit into the Lonsdale corridor scheme into a 19 story building with a FSR of 4.86

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In summary,
  • Hollyburn would like to have a higher building. Presumably better views will mean higher rent.
  • Hollyburn would like to have a bigger building. Presumably more apartments mean more revenue.
  • The Mayor and Council want to sell some of their excess density to Hollyburn despite the intent of the OCP to use that density for retaining existing rentals units.

Does this justify a change to what is envisaged in the OCP? Why bother having an OCP to begin with if these interests are to be allowed to influence the process.

The motivation of the Mayor and Council should not be influenced by the prospect of selling density. They should simply process a development application that conforms to the OCP. Instead we are faced with yet another a proposal for increased density and height’.

Jim Nicholson

The full submission is here: NVCV- conflict 1301 Lonsdale

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One response to “OCP conflict, density transfer concerns, 1301 Lonsdale,

  1. Apartments are expensive these days and before making an investment, most purchasers do their homework by looking at the Official Community Plan at City Hall. But, right after your purchase – POOF – it can change from a 12 story building to a 19 story building. It’s all about trust in our government to care just as much or more about those who have already purchased and pay taxes as the developers who wish to turn a profit by building something higher and more dense.

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