Illustration of Pearson Plaza and the YMCA in the redeveloped Pearson Dogwood lands

Pearson Dogwood lands rezoning application and policy statement

The Pearson Dogwood lands are a 10-hectare (25.4-acre) property bounded by West 57th Ave (to the north), Cambie St (east), West 59th Ave (south), and Heather St (west).

The site owners, Onni Group (developer) and Vancouver Coastal Health, applied in January 2016 to rezone and develop the property into a mixed-use community. 

On July 25, 2017, Council approved the rezoning application.

The rezoning and development proposal is based on the Pearson Dogwood Policy Statement approved by City Council in 2014.

Rezoning application

Compare the site now with the rezoning proposal

The illustration of the proposed development concept represents one interpretation of the Pearson Dogwood Policy Statement.

2013 image of the Pearson Dogwood site by Landsat for Google Earth Built form of the Pearson Dogwood site rezoning proposal

Before image by Google Earth. After image by Onni and VCH.

The site now The approved rezoning proposal
  1. Pearson Centre, a home to adults with a range of physical disabilities operated by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
  2. Dogwood Lodge, housing for seniors who require complex care operated by VCH
  3. Stan Stronge therapeutic pool
  4. BC Ambulance Services station
  5. Open green space, mature trees, and a one-acre urban farm
  6. Surface parking lots
  1. Approximately 2,700 residential units, including 361 turnkey social housing units and land available to construct 179 social housing units
  2. Approximately 114 Pearson supportive units
  3. Commercial space
  4. Health related facilities including a community health centre and complex residential care facility
  5. 69-space childcare facility
  6. Adult day centre
  7. Therapy pool
  8. 2.5 acre public park
  9. 1 acre urban farm
  10. Height of 91.0 metres (299 feet) and floor space ratio of 2.83

What's happening?

July 2017

The rezoning application, referred by Council on June 27 to public hearing, was approved following the public hearing on July 20 and regular council on July 25.

View the policy report and public hearing documents:

Regular Council, June 27, 2017

Public Hearing, July 20, 2017

Regular Council Meeting: July 25, 2017

Next steps

The rezoning application has been approved in principle by Council on July 25, 2017. The application will be enacted once the applicant has met all conditions for enactment.

We expect a development permit application process to follow enactment.

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Policy statement

In 2014, City Council approved the Pearson Dogwood Policy Statement to guide the future redevelopment of the site. We developed the policy statement over a year-long collaborative planning process with help from VCH and the surrounding community.

The policy statement set principles and objectives for:

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

Pearson Dogwood participants at our February 2013 open house about goals and objectives for the policy statement

Past updates

March 2016

We asked what you thought about the rezoning application for Pearson Dogwood in an online questionnaire.

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts. We're currently analyzing the feedback we received and will provide a summary soon.

February 2016

We held two open houses on February 23 and 27 with the applicant team for you to learn about the rezoning application and ask questions. View the display boards:

Contact the rezoning team