Rezoning Application - 969 Burrard Street & 1019-1045 Nelson Street

The City of Vancouver has received some changes to the March 10, 2016 rezoning application. These changes include:

    • increased setback from the west property line to accommodate a mid-block connection;
    • reduced height of the rental building to seven storeys, containing 61 rental units (20 market rental and 41 social housing unit);
    • articulated lane façade to reduce visual bulk and add opportunities for landscaping;
    • improved visual porosity through the podium;
    • removal of the café at the ground floor of the market residential building; and
    • increased market residential building height by 6’ to accommodate an additional floor of market strata housing, now at 57-storeys with 331 units.

See illustrative drawings below.


The City of Vancouver has received an application to rezone 969 Burrard Street & 1019-1045 Nelson Street from CD-1 (445) (Comprehensive Development) to a new CD-1 District. The proposal includes:

    • restoration of First Baptist Church;
    • new church ancillary spaces, including a 37-space child daycare, a gymnasium, a counselling centre, offices and a cafe;
    • a new eight-storey building containing 66 social housing units, owned by the church;
    • a new 56-storey tower containing 294 market strata residential units, with a cafe at ground floor;

Other key parameters of the proposal include:

    • a combined total new floor area of approximately 561,881 sq.ft.;
    • a floor space ratio (FSR) of approximately 10.83;
    • 497 underground vehicle parking spaces.

This rezoning application is being considered under the Rezoning Policy for the West End and the
West End Community Plan.

A community open house was held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the First Baptist Church (969 Burrard Street), with the applicant team and City staff available to answer questions.

At the June 27, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Council referred this application to the July 18, 2017 Public Hearing. The Public Hearing will reconvene on July 25, 2017.


TuesdayJuly 18, 2017 at 6 pm 
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Third Floor, Council Chamber

Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed by-law amendments may speak at the Public Hearing. Please register individually beginning at 8:30 am on July 7 until 5 pm on the day of the Public Hearing by emailing or by calling 604-829-4238. You may also register in person at the door betwee5:30 and 6 pm on the day of the Public Hearing. You may submit your comments by email to, or by mail to: City of Vancouver, City Clerk’s Office, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4. All submitted comments will be distributed to Council and posted on the City's website. Please visit for important details.

Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing starting on July 7 at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All meetings of Council are webcast live at, and minutes of Public Hearings are available at (posted approximately two business days after a meeting). For real time information on the progress of City Council meetings, visit or @VanCityClerk on Twitter.



Illustrative Changes Proposed by the Applicant

Application (March 10, 2016)


Council Meetings

Advisory Group and Community Meetings



To view additional studies and plans, please make an appointment with the rezoning planner.

City Contact: Yan Zeng, Rezoning Planner,, 604.871.6383

Applicant Contact: Amirali Javidan, Bing Thom Architects,, 604.682.1881