January 12, 2022 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes

Development Permit Panel

Wednesday, January 12, 2022


3:30 p.m.


Remote (Zoom) Meeting


John Irving, General Manager, Engineering and Public Works, Acting Chair
Cecilia Achiam, General Manager, Community Safety
Milton Chan, Director, Engineering

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m.




It was moved and seconded


That the minutes of the meeting of the Development Permit Panel held on November 24, 2021 be adopted.




(REDMS No. 6784725)



1058085 BC Ltd.




10431 No. 5 Road





Permit the construction of two duplexes at 10431 No. 5 Road on a site zoned “Arterial Road Compact Two-Unit Dwellings (RCD)”.


Applicant’s Comments


Eric Law, Eric Law Architect, with the aid of a visual presentation (attached to and forming part of these Minutes as Schedule 1), provided background information on the proposed development, including its site context, site layout, floor plan, and architectural form and character, highlighting the following:



the proposed development consists of two two-storey front-to-back duplexes on a lot subdivided into two for a total of 4 dwelling units overall;



a landscaped central pedestrian pathway is proposed between the two duplex buildings and provides access to all the units;



the form and character of the proposed development is consistent with the low-rise residential character of the surrounding neighbourhood;



the proposal includes two convertible units located at the rear;



each unit will be provided with a single-car garage and one outdoor parking stall in tandem configuration which are accessed from the rear laneway; and



the project has been designed to achieve Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code.


Donald Duncan, Donald V.S. Duncan Landscape Architect, provided an overview of the main landscaping features of the project, noting that (i) a diverse selection of plant materials are proposed along the frontage to provide visual interest, screening and privacy, with preference given to native species, (ii) the central pedestrian pathway will be treated with permeable pavers and planting along the edges to soften its character, (iii)  hard and soft landscaping is proposed for the private outdoor space of the rear units, (iv) the permeable paving surface treatment for the outdoor private space of convertible units would enhance the accessibility of users, (v) planting is proposed at the rear to soften the look of the garages and the rear lane, and (vi) the retention of two existing City trees at the rear of the subject site and the reconfiguration of the driveway had been considered; however, the retention of these trees is not possible due to vehicles accessing/exiting the driveway.


Staff Comments


Wayne Craig, Director, Development, noted that (i) the applicant’s efforts to retain one on-site tree along the No. 5 Road frontage and undertake special mitigation measures for tree retention are appreciated, (ii) laneway improvements including driveway orientation and landscaping opportunities will be further reviewed through the Servicing Agreement associated with the project, and (iii) opportunities for tree planting will be considered in addition to the  proposed lawns between the drive aisles. 


Panel Discussion


In reply to queries from the Panel, Mr. Duncan acknowledged that (i) the project’s tree replacement ratio meets the City’s requirement, (ii)  the quality and survivability of trees were considered in the choice of tree species proposed to be planted on the site, (iii) majority of proposed paving materials on the site are pervious, (iv) the driveway adjacent to the rear lane will be treated with asphalt, (v) permeable paving treatment is proposed for the resident outdoor parking space at the back of the single car garage for each unit, and (vi) hard and soft landscape elements are proposed for the private outdoor space for each unit.  


Discussion ensued regarding the possibility of retaining the two existing City trees at the rear of the site and the proposed configuration of the driveway that results in significant concrete paving on the driveway.


As a result of the discussion, staff were directed to work with the applicant to investigate opportunities to reconfigure the proposed driveway in order to preserve the existing trees or provide new tree planting and maximize opportunities for soft landscaping.


Gallery Comments








Panel Discussion


The Panel expressed support for the project, noting that (i) the project has some good landscape elements, (ii) the project fits well into the character of the neighbourhood, and (iii) the driveway access from the rear lane would result in an enhanced pedestrian experience along the No. 5 Road frontage.    


Panel Decision


It was moved and seconded


That a Development Permit be issued which would permit the construction of two duplexes at 10431 No. 5 Road on a site zoned “Arterial Road Compact Two-Unit Dwellings (RCD)”




New Business


It was moved and seconded


That the Development Permit Panel meeting tentatively scheduled on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 be cancelled.






It was moved and seconded


That the meeting be adjourned at 3:52 p.m.




Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the meeting of the Development Permit Panel of the Council of the City of Richmond held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.



John Irving
Acting Chair

Rustico Agawin
Committee Clerk