Pearson Dogwood Policy Statement

The Pearson Dogwood site

To prepare for redevelopment of the Pearson Dogwood lands, City Council directed our planning team to create a policy statement in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health and the surrounding community.

This planning program was developed at the request of the site owner Vancouver Coastal Health. 

The 10-hectare (25.4 acre) site is located between West 57th and 59th avenues and Cambie and Heather streets.

The policy statement set principles and objectives for:

  • Land use
  • Density
  • Building forms and heights
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Community amenities
  • Transportation
  • Sustainability

City Council approved the policy statement in February 2014.

Project status: complete, rezoning application in review

We have received a rezoning application for this site to create a mixed-use community based on the policy statement.

Learn more about the rezoning application and comment online

Related projects and initiatives

Council adopts amended Policy Statement

February 5, 2014 – Council adopted the Pearson Dogwood Policy Statement after staff amended housing and support options for seniors and persons with disabilities. The amendments came from more staff consultation with government health partners and community groups to resolve concerns and better articulate a vision for care.

At a future date, Vancouver Coastal Health will start the rezoning process to redevelop the Pearson Dogwood site. Staff will report back to Council on the final community amenity package and associated financial strategy as part of the rezoning.

Council calls for additional dialogue on Policy Statement

January 22, 2014 – The Planning, Transportation, and Environment Committee passed a motion calling for additional dialogue on health care housing, service models, and delivery with the following groups:

  • City of Vancouver Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee
  • Pearson Residents Redevelopment Group
  • Members of the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities

Council to review Policy Statement on January 22

January 14, 2014 – The first phase of planning for the Pearson Dogwood Lands is nearing completion. City Council will consider approval of new policy for Pearson Dogwood at the Planning, Transportation, and Environment Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 9:30am.

The Pearson Dogwood Policy Statement is a framework that establishes principles and objectives relating to land use, density, building forms and heights, parks and open spaces, community amenities, transportation, and sustainability.

Tell us what you think of the draft concept plan for Pearson Dogwood Lands

September 12, 2013 – If you can't make it to one of the September open houses (September 12 or 14), or prefer to provide input in the comfort of your own home, this is your chance. Share your thoughts on the draft concept plan for Pearson Dogwood by completing our online questionnaire. 

Thank you for your interest - the questionnaire closed on October 7, 2013. 

Join us at open houses on the draft concept plan, September 12 and 14

September 6, 2013 – Attend this final round of open houses in a year-long series to learn about the draft concept plan for Pearson Dogwood Lands. Provide your comments and ask questions to staff from the City and Vancouver Coastal Health. After, staff will create and present a Policy Statement to Council for approval at the end of the year.

Date: Thursday, September 12, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: 601 West 59th Avenue, Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment Project Office

Date: Saturday, September 14, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: 601 West 59th Avenue, Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment Project Office

Questionnaire summary from Pearson Dogwood Lands Open House #2 released

July 11, 2013 – We have summarized responses to the questionnaire that we conducted online and at our June 2013 open houses. The questionnaire asked the public to evaluate three planning concepts for Pearson Dogwood, based on a series of guiding principles drafted by City staff.

You can also view an additional summary prepared by our event co-hosts,Vancouver Coastal Health, based on "sticky note" feedback received at these open houses.

Tell us what you think about the draft planning concepts for the Pearson Dogwood Lands 

June 10, 2013 – If you were unable to attend the open houses in early June, or prefer to respond in the comfort of your own home, this is your chance! Share your views on the draft planning concepts for the Pearson Dogwood Lands by taking our online questionnaire. See the information boards in the documents tab. 

The questionnaire closed on June 21, 2013. Thank you for your interest.

Upcoming open houses on goals, objectives, and draft concepts

May 27, 2013 – A second set of open houses are scheduled for June. Drop by to review the background materials and the project's goals and objectives and to go over the draft planning concepts. It's your chance to speak with staff from the City and Vancouver Coastal Health, who will be on hand to answer questions and receive your feedback.

Date: Thursday, June 6, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: 601 West 59th Avenue, Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment Project Office

Date: Saturday, June 8, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: 601 West 59th Avenue, Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment Project Office

Have your say online

February 1, 2013 – For ten days, we invited people to fill out an online survey to let us know what they thought about the objectives for the policy statement and future of the site.

First open houses for planning process

January 10, 2013 – The first phase of the planning process for this site in now underway. Join us at our first open house meetings to learn more about the goals and objectives of the project and provide your feedback. Staff from the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health will be available to receive your input and answer any questions.

Date: Thursday, January 31, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: 601 West 59th Avenue, Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment Project Office

Date: Saturday, February 2, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: 601 West 59th Avenue, Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment Project Office

Council approves public engagement process to reimagine the Pearson Dogwood Lands

April 2009 – City Council approved a process funded by Vancouver Coastal Health to engage the community and proponent on how this property can be redeveloped to meet the aspirations of the community, VCH, and the City. This process was delayed to provide VCH more time to ensure sufficient resources were in place.

Policy Statement

Consultation reports

Public engagement

Open house (September 2013)

City boards:

Vancouver Coastal Health boards (VCH):

Open house (June 2013)

Open house (January – February 2013)

Policy and planning documents

Council documents

Policy review schedule

The following is a typical timeline for a policy planning program:

Major projects process: 12 – 18 months

  1. Initial meetings with community
  2. Identify and clarify objectives
  3. Develop concepts with community
  4. Refine and evaluate concepts with community
  5. Draft area policies
  6. Public input on policies
  7. Policies presented to Council for approval
  8. Rezoning process (if supported)

Rezoning process: 12 – 18 months

  1. Enquiry by developer
  2. Submission or proposal (application)
  3. Public information meeting
  4. Staff evaluation and recommendations
  5. Outcomes: approval, conditional approval, or refusal

George Pearson Centre was built as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1952. Currently, it houses 120 residents who live with a range of physical disabilities. The facility includes a warm-water pool that is a valuable asset for rehabilitation. The site is also home to Dogwood Lodge, which was built approximately 30 years ago and provides complex care to 113 seniors. Both facilities are operated by Vancouver Coastal Health.

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Ben Johnson
Planner

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