267 & 271 Orwell Street

Rendering of proposed development at 267 and 271 Orwell St

Terra Housing — on behalf of Sanford Affordable Housing Society in partnership with Hollyburn Family Services Society — has applied to develop a six-story building with 90 units of below-market housing and 68 parking spaces on this District owned land, which will be leased to the housing operator. Project development funding will be provided by BC Housing.

Current status and progress updates


October 19, 2020 — First reading at Council

The application will be presented to Council, who will consider it for first reading. Review the staff report with recommendation in the 'documents and related web content' tab.


September 5 to September 21 — Virtual public information meeting

We collected feedback on this application from residents between September 5 and September 21, during our virtual public information meeting. 

August 24 to September 21 — Virtual public information meeting: Questions and answers

We answered questions from residents about this application in our online forum.

May 1, 2020 — Detailed application received

Staff received the detailed application, and started reviewing it.

September, 2018 — Preliminary application concluded

Staff completed their review of the preliminary application. If the applicant wishes to proceed with this project, the next step is to submit a detailed application.

July 4, 2018 — Preliminary application received

Staff  received the preliminary application, and started reviewing it.

Additional proposal details, including site location and overview

Site overview

The site is District-owned land located west of Phibbs Exchange. There is a new multi-family building proposed to the west, an existing multi-family building to the south, and single family homes to the north.

Current land use designation

The Official Community Plan (OCP) designates this site as Residential Level 5: Low Density Apartment (RES5). 

Additional requirements

If the project proceeds, it will require an OCP amendment, rezoning, and a development permit for:

  • Form and character
  • Energy/water conservation
  • Creek hazard

A Housing Agreement to secure the non-market rental will also be required.

Proposed size

The floor space ratio (FSR) is 2.65.

Access and other improvements

As part of the proposal, improvements will be made to the frontages on Orwell St and Oxford St.

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Photos, drawings, renderings

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