4320 Slocan Street

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Particular interest attaches to five aspects of this rezoning application, which involves an assembly of three separate properties in one trapezoidal parcel of approximately 11,964 sq ft.

1  —  This application was made on 14 Dec 2011, just one day prior to the ending of the STIR program that provides large gifts to developers. (STIR means Short Term Incentives for Rental Housing.) See this listing of all STIR projects in Vancouver. Previous Eye on Norquay commentary on STIR includes further references to the nature and effects of this dubious undertaking. [Also see this subsequent comment posted on 18 June 2012.]

2  —  The parcel is located at the intersection where the SkyTrain passes under a Slocan Street bridge, to the north, on the east side. Adjacency to SkyTrain transit, and the additional density that location might suggest, seem to be entirely disregarded here.

3  —  This location falls just outside the boundaries of Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre and constitutes a one-off spot rezoning with no broader scale planning or regard for context.

4  —  Opportunity is being lost for higher quality construction, and for return to the surrounding community through amenity contribution. This STIR project means yet more population increase for Norquay with no corresponding amenity increase whatsoever. Density dumping continues in violation of the Renfrew-Collingwood community vision.

5  —  To provide 19 parking stalls for 41 market rental units continues the city planning that seeks to bury Norquay residential streets in the automobiles which inhabitants will not even have a possibility of locating on the property that they rent. This is one more facet of converting public good (open curbside) to privatized benefit (rental building owner whose profit margins are less impacted by usual parking requirements).

Appended below is text copied from


which is a pdf of the mailed-out postcard.

Rezoning and Development Permit Application – 4320 Slocan Street (DE415814) consists of 10 typical files provided in pdf format on the City of Vancouver rezoning web site.

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Yenik Realty Ltd. has submitted a concurrent rezoning and development permit application to the City of Vancouver to rezone 4320 Slocan Street from C-1 (Commercial) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. The proposal is for a 4-storey mixed-use building, comprised of:

         2 commercial retail units (CRUs);
         41 residential rental units;
         a floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.11;
         a floor area of 3956 sq m (42585sq.ft.);
         a height of 14.2 m (46.4 ft.); and
         19 parking stalls, 61 bicycle spaces, 1 car-share space, and 2 loading spaces.

The Open House will be a “drop-in” event where you can view the proposal. City staff and the applicant team will be available to answer your questions and receive your comments.

Community Open House:

Date: Time: Place:
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 — 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library — Renfrew Branch
2969 East 22nd Avenue


Written by eyeonnorquay

16 June 2012 at 10:54 pm

Posted in CoV Documents, Events

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  1. I notice that you say the lot is 11964 sq ft in your 1st paragraph , and later is described a project totaling 42585 sq ft and the fsr is 2.1 Either the lot is bigger,the project is smaller,or the fsr is greater, could you check the numbers becuase 12000ft sq x2.11 = just over 2500 sq ft not 42500 sq ft

    Terry Martin

    16 June 2012 at 11:44 pm

  2. The Site Plan pdf, one of the ten files posted at the City of Vancouver web site for the Rezoning and Development Permit Application, shows a trapezoid measuring 112.28 ft parallel to East 27th Ave, 97.95 ft parallel to Slocan St, 115.16 ft along the back lane, and 123.10 ft along the angled side of the parcel that parallels SkyTrain. That approximates three 33 x 112 sq ft rectangular lots, plus the extra right triangle whose perpendicular is 112.28 ft and whose base is 17.21 ft (115.16 – 97.95), which makes for about half of one of those 33 ft lots. So, 3.5 x 33 x 112 = 12,936 sq ft. So there is a rougher and more readily understandable corroboration of what I tried to do more exactly with high school geometry.

    PS  I think you meant 25,000 sq ft? But your main point is a very good one — that the FSR looks like 3.56 not 2.1. But then FSR is so phony, with all sorts of excluded square footage tossed in under the table.


    18 June 2012 at 5:30 pm

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