Carey College Expansion Project

Updated: September 26, 2022
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A revised development permit application has been received for the expansion of Carey Theological College. The proposal is for two buildings, a 4-storey mixed-use institutional and residential building and a 6-storey residential building, to the east and south of the existing Carey Centre at 5920 Iona Drive.

An amendment to the Chancellor Place Neighbourhood Plan is required to enable the approval of the development permit for this proposal. Please see below for further details on the approval process, proposed neighbourhood plan amendment, and how to attend the upcoming virtual public open house.

Development Permit

DP22001

Proponents

Carey Theological College 

Location

Lot 42 (Parcel 3), south of the existing Carey Centre at 5920 Iona Drive, and part of Lot 40 (Parcel 2), east of the Carey Centre and currently the site of Carey Hall, 1815 Wesbrook Mall.

Lots 40 and 42

Public Open House and Feedback Form

You are invited to attend a virtual public open house session for the revised application on October 6, 2022 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Please use the links below to register. A meeting link will be sent out on the day of the event.

 11:30 AM Registration      7:00 PM Registration

Please provide your written feedback regarding the project using the following link the comment form by October 20, 2022:

  Feedback Form

 An amendment to the Chancellor Place Neighbourhood Plan is required to enable the approval of the development permit for this proposal. The proposal is to amend section 2.3.4(a), Table A, and the P-8 Building Height Zone Plan and P-9 Approx. Building Mass and Open Space Distribution Plan to allow for 4-6 storeys on the Carey Theological College campus.

The change in storeys would respect the current height envelope for the site set out in the the plan's ID-1 Site Section Height Envelope, as measured from the top of the Iona Building central tower to 35' above grade at Wesbrook Mall.

ID-1 Site Section Height Envelope

 

The amendment would update the text of section 2.3.4(a) changing the number of prospective storeys for Carey Theological College's future buildings from 5 to 4-6.

Current section 2.3.4(a) Proposed section 2.3.4(a)
  • Carey Theological College is planning to remove the existing dorm facilities and replace them with one or two new five storey institutional buildings with underground parking (Parcel 2). These buildings will include academic (offices, classrooms, etc.) and possibly a library or Biblical Museum.
  • Carey Theological College is planning to remove the existing dorm facilities and replace them with one or two new four to six storey institutional buildings with underground parking (Parcel 2). These buildings will include academic (offices, classrooms, etc.) and possibly a library or Biblical Museum.

 

The amendment would update the number of institutional residential units in Table A Overall Land use, Density Calculations and Type of Units from 350 to 500.

Current Table A (excerpt):

Institutional sq. m (net) Floor Space Ratio (Institutional Average) Gross Buildable Area (sq. m) (Institutional) # of Units (Student, Faculty and Staff Residences) 
16,100 2.75 44,000 350

Proposed Table A (excerpt):

Institutional sq. m (net) Floor Space Ratio (Institutional Average) Gross Buildable Area (sq. m) (Institutional) # of Units (Student, Faculty and Staff Residences) 
16,100 2.75 44,000 500

 

The proposed P-8 change includes extending the 4 storey and 6 1/2-storey zones east towards Wesbrook Mall. This will enable an increase from the currently permitted 3 storeys to 4 storeys. Lot 42 to the south of the Carey Centre would see an increase from 4 storeys to 6 storeys. 

Current P-8 Proposed P-8
Current P-8
Proposed P-8

 

The amendment would result in P-9 similarly changing from allowing 2 1/2 storeys to 4 storey on the portion Lot 40 east of the existing Carey Centre. Lot 42 to the south of the Carey Centre would see an increase from 4 to 6 storeys.

Current P-9 Proposed P-9
Current P-9
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Amended P-9

Resubmission

Thank you to all who participated in the February virtual public open houses and/or provided written comments on the proposal for two new student housing and educational buildings on the Carey Theological College campus.

 The main themes from the feedback were:

  • The loss of mature trees

  • Height and density of the proposed buildings (particularly on the existing parking lot on Lot 42)

  • Impacts of noise and traffic from construction

  • The need for more clarity on the proportion of student housing and short term rentals at Carey Hall

The revised submission (see Application Documents tab above) seeks to address these concerns by:

  • Shifting the proposed Lot 42 building footprint further to the west to reduce impacts to existing townhouses
  • Reconfiguration of the building footprints and surrounding landscaping to preserve a dozen additional trees
  • Elaborating on the proposed uses and occupancies of the new facilities

Process

The proposed amendment to the Chancellor Place Neighbourhood Plan will be presented to the UBC Board of Governors for approval in December 2022.

Follwoing approval of the plan amendment by the Board of Governors, the project will be reviewed by the UBC Development Permit Board in January 2023. The details of this meeting will be posted on this page when confirmed.  

Timeline

January 10, 2022
Development Permit Application
January 10, 2022

Development Permit Application

A development permit application is received on January 10, 2022.

January 20, 2022
Development Review Committee
January 20, 2022

Development Review Committee

The project is presented to the UBC Development Review Committee for staff review and comment.

February 16, 2022
Public Open House
February 16, 2022

Public Open House

Virtual public open house sessions are hosted from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

October 6, 2022
Public Open House 2
October 6, 2022

Public Open House 2

Virtual public open house sessions for the revised application are hosted from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

December 5, 2022
Board of Governors Meeting
December 5, 2022

Board of Governors Meeting

The Chancellor Place Neighbourhood Plan amendment is considered by the Property Committee.