Rezoning applications


Rezoning Application - 1636 Clark Drive & 1321-1395 East 1st Avenue

On May 1, 2018, the City of Vancouver received an application from BC Housing in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding established with the City of Vancouver, to rezone the subject site from I-2 (Industrial) and RM-4N (Multiple Dwelling) Districts to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This application is being considered under the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

A community open house was held on Monday, June 11, 2018 from 5:00-7:30 pm in Room 1236 of Building B at Vancouver Community College, located at 1155 East Broadway. The applicant team and City staff were available to answer questions about the rezoning application.

Following the open house, a revised application was submitted on August 23, 2018 (see below), with changes made to reduce shadowing on neighbouring properties, expand community amenities, enhance entryway sightlines along East 1st Avenue, improve accessibility to the roof-top garden, and increase parking. These changes include:

  • A widening of the roof-top garden to 110 feet, which permits deeper penetration of sunlight to neighbouring sites;
  • An additional floor added to Clark Tower to compensate for area lost by the widened roof-top garden;
  • An increased building setback off McLean Drive;
  • An additional 6 foot setback for the residential component along Clark Drive;
  • Changes to the pedestrian entry along East 1st Avenue;
  • Family residential units relocated to level 4, bringing them in closer proximity to the roof-top garden;
  • One additional level of underground parking.

This application has been approved by Council at Public Hearing on February 21, 2019.

Council Meetings

Revised Application (August 23, 2018)

  • social enterprise space at grade (unchanged since original submission);
  • withdrawal management centre operated by Vancouver Coastal Health, including up to 20 transitional units (unchanged since original submission);
  • social housing reduced to 90 units;
  • proposed floor area increased to 13,064 sq. m (140,620 sq. ft.);
  • floor space ratio (FSR) increased to 3.15;
  • maximum building height increased to 36.6 m/120 ft. (fronting Clark Drive) and 21 m/69 ft. (fronting McLean Drive);
  • car parking increased to 81 spaces; and
  • bicycle parking reduced to 89 spaces.

Entire Submission Booklet (42mb)

Applicant Team - Project FAQs - Updated November 2018

Applicant-led Engagement Summary Report


Original Application (May 1, 2018)

  • social enterprise space at grade;
  • withdrawal management centre operated by Vancouver Coastal Health, including up to 20 transitional units;
  • 97 social housing units;
  • proposed floor area of 12,192 sq. m (131,234 sq. ft.);
  • floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.07;
  • maximum building height of 30.5 m/100 ft. (fronting Clark Drive) and 19.8 m/65 ft. (fronting McLean Drive); and
  • 39 car and 100 bicycle parking spaces.

Entire Submission Booklet (40mb)

Traffic Impact Study - Draft Report

Parking Study - Draft Report

Applicant Team - Project FAQ's

Vancouver Coastal Health Withdrawal Management Centre - Draft Operations Management Plan




Advisory Groups and Community Meetings


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The City of Vancouver has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BC Housing and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) with the intention of establishing a cooperative partnership between all three parties to construct a mixed-use development that would provide the following facilities: social housing, a withdrawal management centre, and employment through the social enterprise centre on site for residents of our city.  This project aims to address key gaps identified in the City’s Housing Vancouver Strategy, Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions, Community Economic Development Strategy, as well as Vancouver Coastal Health’s Downtown Eastside Second Generation Strategy and Mental Health and Addictions Plan.

The MOU was approved by Council in May, 2018 and can be accessed online here.

This project is subject to the City of Vancouver’s Rezoning, Development Permit and Building Permit processes which includes a Public Hearing at the time of rezoning. BC Housing is the lead applicant for the rezoning and permit processes and has engaged HDR|CEI Architecture as the project architect.



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

City Contact: Sarah Crowley, Rezoning Planner,

Applicant Contact: Ulrich Geissler, HDR l CEI Architecture Associates, Inc.,

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