501 Powell Street - Temporary Modular Housing - DP-2017-01204

UPDATES: Development Permit Issued on March 5, 2018

The Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA), in partnership with the City and BC Housing, has submitted a development permit application to provide temporary modular housing on this site for homeless residents. The proposal consists of one three-storey building containing 39 social housing units.

If approved, the building will be in place on this site for up to five years, with the possibility to extend for an additional five year period.

The building will be managed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by an experienced non-profit housing operator.

Under the site’s existing FC-1 zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning

To learn more, a community open house has been organized by the City, VAHA and BC Housing. Notices regarding this open house were distributed previously.

Community Open House:
December 7, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Buddhist Temple
220 Jackson Avenue

You are welcome to drop by the open house at your convenience to speak with staff representatives.


We welcome your written comments (letter or e-mail) on these development applications. Comments should be received on, or before December 15, 2017, to be considered in the staff review. However, written comments will be considered up until the date of decision.

Contact: Darren Lee, Project Facilitator, darren.lee@vancouver.ca , 604.871.6703

To assist you, a Glossary of key technical terms and a brief explanation of the application process is posted on our website at: vancouver.ca/devapps

In reviewing this application, and before making a decision, the Director of Planning will also need to consider City by-law regulations, and Council-adopted policies and guidelines. Once a full application review is completed, a decision will be made.

Copies of City by-law regulations, policies and guidelines are available at the City's website at https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/land-use-and-development-policies-and-guidelines.aspx or at either the Development and Building Services Centre (1st Floor, 515 West 10th Avenue).

Please note that all comments and responses to this notification are subject to, and may be released, pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Act does, however, protect your privacy by prohibiting disclosure of personal information (such as names, addresses and other identifying information) where such a disclosure would be an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy.

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