CF Richmond Centre South Development Plan
CF Richmond Centre has applied to amend Richmond's Official Community Plan (OCP) to permit a two-phase, high-rise, high density, mixed retail/residential development at the south end of the CF Richmond Centre shopping centre (6551 No. 3 Road). The purpose of CF Richmond Centre's OCP Amendment Application is to make changes to the City Centre Area Plan (CCAP) with respect to the alignment of new roads on the shopping centre property, the addition of a central park-like plaza, and various site-specific built form guidelines.
Background: No Rezoning Required
In the late 1980s, the City rezoned CF Richmond Centre and nearby properties to "Downtown Commercial (C7)", later renamed "Downtown Commercial (CDT1)", to encourage densification of Richmond's downtown core. The CDT1 zone permits high-rise, mixed use development to a maximum height of 45 m (148 ft.) and a maximum density of 3.0 floor area ratio (FAR), together with bonus density for the provision of affordable housing.
The proposed CF Richmond Centre development complies with the CDT1 zone's maximum permitted height and density. Developments that comply with existing zoning typically proceed directly to Development Permit (DP) review. When that occurs, the City's ability to secure community amenities is limited because Council does not have the discretionary power of a rezoning application. However, as CF Richmond Centre has applied to amend the City Centre Area Plan, City staff have had the opportunity to work with the developer to address community objectives and secure amenities, including amenities that are usually only secured through rezoning.
Approved Development Proposal
Following public hearing on December 17, 2018, City Council approved (third reading) the OCP Amendment Bylaw. The approved two-phase development provides for the following features:
- the shopping centre's existing south parkade and 27,000 m2 (290,000 ft2) of the
existing mall including the former Sears building; and
- 12 residential towers comprising:
No. of Units
2- & 3- Bedroom Units
|% of Basic Universal Housing* Units|
|Affordable (Low End of Market Rental Housing||150 units
(50% in Phase 1 & 50% in Phase 2)
|Market Rental Housing||200 units (100% in Phase 2)||40%||100%|
|Total||2,200 units||Average 49%||Average 37%|
* Basic Universal Housing means dwelling units that are designed and constructed to facilitate universal access, including access and use by people with physical disabilities.
- 39,000 m2 (420,000 ft2) of retail space in the form of street fronting shops and
the expansion of the mall towards No. 3 Road;
- Two levels of underground parking;
- Improved public access to the Canada Line, including sidewalk and street
crossing upgrades along No. 3 Road and a secured public pedestrian route
through the mall's central galleria (linking No. 3 Road with Minoru Boulevard)
during transit hours;
- Two multi-modal mobility hubs (one per phase) offering centralized public
facilities for bike-share, car-share, ride-share, taxis, transit, bikes, and related
- Transportation improvements, including the extension of Park Road, a new street
and multi-use path adjacent to City Hall, and off-street bike paths and greenway
upgrades along No. 3 Road and Minoru Boulevard;
- Design, construction, and transfer of ownership to the City of a District Energy
Utility (DEU) low-carbon thermal energy plant(s) and related features;
- A new central public plaza;
- Public Art; and
- City utiility upgrades.
Public Consultation & Development Review Processes Completed to Date:
Public consultation regarding the OCP Amendment Application included information and an opportunity to provide feedback through LetsTalkRichmond.ca, together with a public display at CF Richmond Centre and various presentations to Council including:
|April 9, 2018||Council Endorsement of a staff report
recommending public consultation.
|May 22 - June 3, 2018||Public information display hosted at CF Richmond
Centre, including open house events attended by
the developer and City staff on May 27 and May 31.
|October 9, 2018||Council adoption of a District Energy Utility (DEU)
Service Area Bylaw, which permits the City's Lulu
Island Energy Company (LIEC) to take ownership
of the low-carbon thermal energy production
equipment that will be installed on-site as part
of the subject development.
|October 15, 2018||Public Hearing #1 - Council referred the application
to a new Public Hearing date of November 19, 2018
without any discussion.
|November 19, 2018||Public Hearing #2 - Council referred the application
to the Public Hearing held on December 17, 2018
and directed that staff identify options that would
provide for 10% market rental housing.
|December 17, 2018||Public Hearing #3 - Following discussion, the OCP
Amendment Bylaw received second and third
readings of Council.
Documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat pdf format
|April 9, 2018||Proposed Official Community
Plan (City Centre Area Plan)
Amendment at 6551 No. 3 Road (Richmond Centre
South Redevelopment Plan) - Request to Endorse an
Applicant Led Public
|Sept. 24, 2018||Application by GBL Architects
for an Official Community
Plan (City Centre Area
Plan) Amendment at 6551
No. 3 Road (CF Richmond
|Oct. 9, 2018
Sept. 24, 2018)
|City Centre District Energy
Utility Bylaw No. 9895,
Amendment Bylaw No. 9921
|Nov. 19, 2018||Official Community Plan
Bylaws 7100 and 9000
Amendment Bylaw 9892
|Dec. 17, 2018||Official Community Plan Bylaws 7100 and 9000 Amendment Bylaw 9892
November 2018 Staff Memo re: Market Rental Housing
December 2018 Staff memo re: Market Rental Housing
Other Relevant Documents
CF Richmond Centre South Development Plan - Public Information Display Boards
CF Richmond Centre anticipates that it's two-phase development will proceed generally as follows:
|May 29, 2019||Development Permit Panel review of Phase 1 (West).|
|Mid-2019||Opening of the developer's sales centre.|
|2019 - 2022||Phase 1 (West): Demolition of the west half of the existing
south parkade, the former Sears building, and a portion of
the mall, site preparation, excavation, and building-by-
building construction beginning with the proposed
underground parking and new retail space connected to
the existing mall.
|2022 - 2025||Phase 2 (East): Development Permit review and approval,
demolition of the remainder of the south parkade, site
preparation, excavation, and construction.
Policy Planning Department