Initial Consultation: 2195 Gordon Avenue

April 16 project update

The survey closed on April 15. Thank you for providing your feedback.

Staff are now compiling the results from the initial public consultation and they will be presented at the April 29 Council Meeting which starts at 6 pm in the Municipal Hall Council Chamber.

Emails and letters on this proposal can continue to be sent to Mayor and Council (mayorandcouncil@westvancouver.ca or 750-17th Street, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 3T3) even after April 15. Any emails and letters received up to noon on the day of the Council Meeting will also be provided to Council at the Council Meeting for their consideration.

As mentioned previously, if you would like to meet with District staff to discuss this proposal or ask questions, please contact Jenn Suggitt at jsuggitt@westvancouver.ca or 604-921-2939 to arrange a meeting time.

March 14 project update

The District has been conducting initial public consultation on the District’s proposal for its site at 2195 Gordon Avenue since early February.

Staff are currently anticipating reporting back to Council with the results of the public consultation in around late April/early May.

With this anticipated timeline, the District is able to extend the public consultation period, and the District’s survey deadline is being extended to remain open until Monday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Emails and letters on this proposal can continue to be sent to Mayor and Council (mayorandcouncil@westvancouver.ca or 750-17th Street, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 3T3) even after April 15. Any emails and letters received up to noon on the day of the Council Meeting will also be provided to Council at the Council Meeting for their consideration.

Council has directed that this initial public consultation take place on the District’s proposal. Council and staff welcome all input on this project, including about the proposal itself, or other potential ideas, considerations and uses for the site.

As mentioned previously, if you would like to meet with District staff to discuss this proposal or ask questions, please contact Jenn Suggitt at jsuggitt@westvancouver.ca or 604-921-2939 to arrange a meeting time.

About this project

In 2014, the District acquired the site at 2195 Gordon Avenue for $16 million. The site is 76,500 square feet (or 1.76 acres) and is directly north of the West Vancouver Community Centre and south of Pauline Johnson Elementary School. Council is proposing to use the site to create housing, increase rental supply and improve affordability while generating $20 million in revenue, and with no ongoing cost to the District. To achieve this, the District would long term lease / sell the site to a third party that would then construct the buildings, operate the rental component, and long term lease / sell the strata condominium units.

The purpose of this initial phase

Council has requested that staff proceed with public consultation on the proposed use and two possible building forms. Staff will gather preliminary feedback from this phase and report back to Council in spring 2019.


The proposed use

To address housing affordability and balance revenue needs for other District public projects, the District is proposing to use this property to create:

  • 170 below market rental units to be operated by an independent third party with no ongoing cost to the District
  • rents at an average of 70% of market rent for comparable new units in West Vancouver, that are income targeted for moderate-income people, including families with children in West Vancouver schools, and moderate-income people who work in West Vancouver
  • 30 strata condominium units
  • a range of units from studios to 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units
  • $20 million in revenue (to recover the initial purchase price of $16 million plus a reasonable return)

Two Possible Building Forms

Council has identified two possible building forms (based on a density of 2.6 Floor Space Ratio) to try and balance the footprint of the building within the property:

  • Option A with three six-storey buildings

Aerial View Looking from South West

Aerial View Looking from South East

  • Option B with one six-storey building and one seven-storey building

Aerial View Looking South West

Aerial View Looking South East


Initial Consultation Meetings

The public consultation will take place from February 7 to April 15, 2019.

As the project is still in its early stages, the District will be holding the following Initial Consultation Meetings to hear what the community thinks about the project:

Thursday, February 7, 3–7 p.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre, Lalji Family Atrium
2121 Marine Drive

Tuesday, February 19, 5–8:30 p.m.
Seniors’ Activity Centre, Arts Room
695 21st Street

Wednesday, February 20
West Vancouver Community Centre
2121 Marine Drive

  • 5–7 p.m. | Lalji Family Atrium
  • 7–9 p.m. | Cedar Room (third floor), Q & A session

All three of the Initial Consultation Meetings will have the same format, with the exception of the Q & A session from 7-9 p.m. on February 20, 2019.

Small Group Sessions

In addition to the Initial Consultation Meetings listed above, we are also offering an opportunity to meet with District staff in small group sessions to ask questions and learn more about the project.

If you would like to meet with staff in a small group setting, please contact Jenn Suggitt at 604-921-2939 or jsuggitt@westvancouver.ca.

Pop-up sessions

District staff are hosting several pop-up information sessions. Follow @WestVanDistrict on Facebook and Twitter to get notified when they are happening.


Thank you for completing the survey

The survey closed on Monday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Thank you for providing meaningful input on various aspects of the project.

Consultation Meeting Boards


April 16 project update

The survey closed on April 15. Thank you for providing your feedback.

Staff are now compiling the results from the initial public consultation and they will be presented at the April 29 Council Meeting which starts at 6 pm in the Municipal Hall Council Chamber.

Emails and letters on this proposal can continue to be sent to Mayor and Council (mayorandcouncil@westvancouver.ca or 750-17th Street, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 3T3) even after April 15. Any emails and letters received up to noon on the day of the Council Meeting will also be provided to Council at the Council Meeting for their consideration.

As mentioned previously, if you would like to meet with District staff to discuss this proposal or ask questions, please contact Jenn Suggitt at jsuggitt@westvancouver.ca or 604-921-2939 to arrange a meeting time.

March 14 project update

The District has been conducting initial public consultation on the District’s proposal for its site at 2195 Gordon Avenue since early February.

Staff are currently anticipating reporting back to Council with the results of the public consultation in around late April/early May.

With this anticipated timeline, the District is able to extend the public consultation period, and the District’s survey deadline is being extended to remain open until Monday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Emails and letters on this proposal can continue to be sent to Mayor and Council (mayorandcouncil@westvancouver.ca or 750-17th Street, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 3T3) even after April 15. Any emails and letters received up to noon on the day of the Council Meeting will also be provided to Council at the Council Meeting for their consideration.

Council has directed that this initial public consultation take place on the District’s proposal. Council and staff welcome all input on this project, including about the proposal itself, or other potential ideas, considerations and uses for the site.

As mentioned previously, if you would like to meet with District staff to discuss this proposal or ask questions, please contact Jenn Suggitt at jsuggitt@westvancouver.ca or 604-921-2939 to arrange a meeting time.

About this project

In 2014, the District acquired the site at 2195 Gordon Avenue for $16 million. The site is 76,500 square feet (or 1.76 acres) and is directly north of the West Vancouver Community Centre and south of Pauline Johnson Elementary School. Council is proposing to use the site to create housing, increase rental supply and improve affordability while generating $20 million in revenue, and with no ongoing cost to the District. To achieve this, the District would long term lease / sell the site to a third party that would then construct the buildings, operate the rental component, and long term lease / sell the strata condominium units.

The purpose of this initial phase

Council has requested that staff proceed with public consultation on the proposed use and two possible building forms. Staff will gather preliminary feedback from this phase and report back to Council in spring 2019.


The proposed use

To address housing affordability and balance revenue needs for other District public projects, the District is proposing to use this property to create:

  • 170 below market rental units to be operated by an independent third party with no ongoing cost to the District
  • rents at an average of 70% of market rent for comparable new units in West Vancouver, that are income targeted for moderate-income people, including families with children in West Vancouver schools, and moderate-income people who work in West Vancouver
  • 30 strata condominium units
  • a range of units from studios to 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units
  • $20 million in revenue (to recover the initial purchase price of $16 million plus a reasonable return)

Two Possible Building Forms

Council has identified two possible building forms (based on a density of 2.6 Floor Space Ratio) to try and balance the footprint of the building within the property:

  • Option A with three six-storey buildings

Aerial View Looking from South West

Aerial View Looking from South East

  • Option B with one six-storey building and one seven-storey building

Aerial View Looking South West

Aerial View Looking South East


Initial Consultation Meetings

The public consultation will take place from February 7 to April 15, 2019.

As the project is still in its early stages, the District will be holding the following Initial Consultation Meetings to hear what the community thinks about the project:

Thursday, February 7, 3–7 p.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre, Lalji Family Atrium
2121 Marine Drive

Tuesday, February 19, 5–8:30 p.m.
Seniors’ Activity Centre, Arts Room
695 21st Street

Wednesday, February 20
West Vancouver Community Centre
2121 Marine Drive

  • 5–7 p.m. | Lalji Family Atrium
  • 7–9 p.m. | Cedar Room (third floor), Q & A session

All three of the Initial Consultation Meetings will have the same format, with the exception of the Q & A session from 7-9 p.m. on February 20, 2019.

Small Group Sessions

In addition to the Initial Consultation Meetings listed above, we are also offering an opportunity to meet with District staff in small group sessions to ask questions and learn more about the project.

If you would like to meet with staff in a small group setting, please contact Jenn Suggitt at 604-921-2939 or jsuggitt@westvancouver.ca.

Pop-up sessions

District staff are hosting several pop-up information sessions. Follow @WestVanDistrict on Facebook and Twitter to get notified when they are happening.


Thank you for completing the survey

The survey closed on Monday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Thank you for providing meaningful input on various aspects of the project.

Consultation Meeting Boards


  • Background

    3 months ago

    Our community is facing unprecedented housing affordability challenges with some of the highest rents and housing prices in Canada. We have very limited rental housing, and have one of the lowest vacancy rates in the region at 0.6%. People are leaving our community, and West Vancouver (and the Village of Belcarra) are the only municipalities in Metro Vancouver to have decreased in population between 2011 and 2016, while the region grew by 6.5%.

    The share of children under the age of 14 has fallen from 30% of the population in 1961 to 14% in 2016. There is a “missing generation”...

    Our community is facing unprecedented housing affordability challenges with some of the highest rents and housing prices in Canada. We have very limited rental housing, and have one of the lowest vacancy rates in the region at 0.6%. People are leaving our community, and West Vancouver (and the Village of Belcarra) are the only municipalities in Metro Vancouver to have decreased in population between 2011 and 2016, while the region grew by 6.5%.

    The share of children under the age of 14 has fallen from 30% of the population in 1961 to 14% in 2016. There is a “missing generation” of younger adults without children between the ages of 25 and 34, accounting for only 2% of the population.

    Our high housing prices, limited housing supply, and demographic challenges affect our community in many ways: reduced population and imbalance; more people commuting to our community every day to work or attend schools, resulting in increased traffic and GHG emissions; reduced local workforce; and reduced services and increased costs for services in our community.