West Vancouver approves taller towers with new rentals in the British Properties

Dec 10 2019, 4:49 pm

Last week, District of West Vancouver council approved a modification of British Pacific Properties’ Rodgers Creek Area rezoning that doubles the amount of homes that can be built on the mountainside developments.

Areas 5 and Areas 6 — two section of the area plan along Cypress Bowl Road that have yet to be developed — have now been green lit for 974 homes across 17 buildings. This is a revision of the approved 2008 rezoning that called for 493 homes across 16 buildings.

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2019 rezoning of Areas 5 and 6 of Rodgers Creek in West Vancouver. (British Pacific Properties)

While there will be significantly more homes, much of this increase is accomplished by reducing the size of the previously approved luxury units to accommodate smaller market residential units, with no increase to density or floor area. This resulted in an increase in 130 units in Area 5 and 70 units in Area 6.

As well, as a strategy to minimize the size of the development sites, taller, narrower buildings on a smaller footprint have now been approved for four buildings located towards the westernmost parcels of the areas, closer to the future Cypress Village development. This includes an increase of the maximum building height from 12 storeys to 14 storeys and 16 storeys for specific sites.

And to help address West Vancouver’s needs for more diverse types of housing, two additional 12-storey buildings with up to 280 purpose-built secured market rental homes combined are now slated for the area, with the larger building located on a district-owned parcel.

Previous 2008 rezoning:

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2008 rezoning of Areas 5 and 6 of Rodgers Creek in West Vancouver. (British Pacific Properties)

Approved 2019 rezoning

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2019 rezoning of Areas 5 and 6 of Rodgers Creek in West Vancouver. (British Pacific Properties)

The total floor area of the revised rezoning is 1.225 million sq. ft. — up from the previous plan’s 1.03 million sq. ft.

Additionally, there will be some transportation improvements to help support the neighbourhood’s population, specifically an extension of Uplands Way to connect back to Cypress Bowl Road, which will improve the future opportunity for public transit bus service.

In exchange for the rezoning, British Pacific Properties has committed a voluntary community amenity contribution (CAC) of $7.14 million, including $5.068 million as a cash CAC to the district, $71,400 in cash towards the public art reserve fund, and a $2-million in-kind value CAC contribution for the installation of lights along the Mountain Paths in Rodgers Creek to the future Cypress Village site.