CVN letter to Council (14 Apr Public Hearing): Opposed – 1477 West Broadway (at Granville St)

April 14, 2022
City of Vancouver Council
Dear Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Councillors,

Re: Public Hearing 1477 W. Broadway at Granville St.

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) is opposed to this proposal since it is far too large for the area, has had a flawed process that is brought forward prematurely.  The local community’s concerns have not been addressed. Not only is the project far too large in scale for both height and density, but there has also been an enormous breach of process to get to this point.

City staff state that the proposed height of 40 storeys and density of 12.3 FSR aligns with the Broadway Plan, even though Council has not approved the Plan yet. This sets a huge precedent for the whole Broadway Corridor. There is no rationale why this project should be considered for approval now when the Broadway Plan is proposed to go to Council next month.

Staff are recommending $3.3M in development fees be waived. If you accept that, this project will increase demand for infrastructure and amenities, and you will instead force those costs to be subsidized by public funding through property taxes and capital debt financing. If you approve this project you will be setting a precedent for 40 storeys at other stations, resulting in large scale growth despite having no plans for funding for more schools, among many other growth related needs.

You must not ignore the many other issues involved in setting a precedent for this development in the Broadway corridor, such as massive shadowing, embodied carbon, as well as land value inflation that will lead to the loss of affordable rentals throughout the area.  Please do not approve this proposal. See more here:

Steering Committee,
Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Member Groups of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Arbutus Ridge/ Kerrisdale/ Shaughnessy Visions
Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours
Dunbar Residents Association
Fairview/South Granville Action Committee
False Creek Residents Association
Grandview Woodland Area Council
Granville-Burrard Residents & Business Assoc.
Greater Yaletown Community Association
Kitsilano-Arbutus Residents Association
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Residents Coalition
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents
Residents Association Mount Pleasant
Riley Park/South Cambie Visions
Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Assoc.
Strathcona Residents Association
Upper Kitsilano Residents Association
West End Neighbours Society
West Kitsilano Residents Association
West Point Grey Residents Association
West Southland Residents Association