Nelson Avenue, 6695 (Horseshoe Bay Residences)

The Horseshoe Bay Residences are a mixed residential and commercial project that includes 159 residential units and 13,700 square feet of commercial area within six buildings and 493 underground parking stalls.

Approved by Council on October 24, 2016, the development is a product of years of community consultation and outreach on the part of Sewell’s, with both official and large-scale (public meeting at Gleneagles Community Centre) and informal (‘coffee klatches’, visioning groups) event formats utilized to garner feedback from a wide variety of local residents.

Current phase: The shoring and excavation phases are now underway. These phases are expected to be completed prior to September.

Thank you for your patience

The site contractor is scheduling the blasting, shoring and excavation phases of this project to complete this work as quickly as possible while remaining cognizant of the noise and related impacts that are being experienced by the area. District staff continue to visit the site regularly to provide oversight and ensure that site operations remain within approved District regulations. Our bylaw staff have included Vancouver Coastal Health in the monitoring of noise levels attributed to site operations, to ensure that the Districts noise bylaw restrictions are being met.

Although we cannot eliminate the impacts of this project, District staff will continue to do our best to assist you and manage impacts as they arise and we will continue to work closely with ITC and Westbank to address your concerns.

Construction Activities

In accordance with the District's Noise Control Bylaw No. 4404, 2005, construction noise is permitted during the following times:

  • Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • no construction noise permitted on Sundays and holidays

Shoring and excavation

The shoring and excavation phases are now underway and expected to be completed prior to September.

Due to the equipment required to complete this phase, the nature of this work is unavoidably noisy. Shoring involves the installation of rods that are then anchored in concrete, which is necessary to ensure the safe installation of the foundation of the future building.

Excavated and blasted rock and soil material from the site will be removed by excavator onto one of two barges or hauled away by truck, depending on the nature and quality of the excavated material. Any material that is not suitable for removal by barge, which includes satisfying certain environmental criteria, will be removed from the site using heavy vehicles. This approach was incorporated into the TMP to reduce the need for heavy trucks to enter the area.

Oversize boulders or other structures found within the site not suitable for blasting will be excavated and hydraulically split into manageable pieces. Brocken concrete is removed from the site using long demolition bins on tractor trailers. This material is not suitable for removal by barge and in turn, it is anticipated that this excavation will result in multiple truckloads in the coming months

Tower cranes

Two tower cranes will be operating onsite simultaneously and will be erected in mid-June.

  • one crane will be located in the upper west side of the development site; the second crane will be located by the barge facility
  • preparation of the site is required to construct a crane base that includes rebar for structural support
  • delivery of the cranes will involve multiple large trucks and trailers with the largest ones entering the area using Bay Street due to the size of the equipment.; these installations are anticipated to take several days

Pouring and forming of concrete structure

The pouring of the concrete foundation is done in phases and is anticipated to be complete in 18 months.

The noise associated with this phase of work involves vehicle noise as concrete trucks arrive and leave the site, use of concrete finishing equipment such as power trowels and on rare occasions, noise from concrete trucks and equipment related to concrete placement.

Other construction activities:

  • marina fuel system is scheduled to be installed close to the site office and is anticipated to commence in early May; the permit for this work is independent of the Residences development but will comply with the traffic management plan in place for the development site
  • minor trimming of tree branches along Bruce Street to avoid damage to trees from large construction vehicles
  • removal of the traffic island at the northeast corner of Bay Street and Nelson Avenue to facilitate the wide turning radius of trucks
  • installation of a four-way stop at Bruce Street and Royal Avenue to improve pedestrian safety and moderate traffic
Traffic Impacts

Traffic control personnel are located at various traffic disruption areas.

An approved Traffic Management Plan designates parking outside the residential area for contractors, their staff, subcontractors and marina customers. Parking restrictions are enforced by bylaw officers. Report concerns related to parking and enforcement by calling Bylaw & Licensing Services: 604-925-7152.

Heavy Truck Routes

Due to the increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic on Bay Street and in the area surrounding the BC Ferries terminal, all heavy truck traffic are now required to use the peak-season routes as outlined in the Traffic Management Plan.

From April 1–September 30 (peak-season) the truck routes are as follows:

  • enter Horseshoe Bay from the Upper Levels Highway and travel north on Keith Road
  • travel west on Bruce Street and continue to Nelson Avenue
  • at Nelson Avenue, trucks are assisted by traffic control personnel to travel to the site

Departing Horseshoe Bay:

  • exit travelling south on Nelson Avenue; trucks have been advised to exit the roundabout at low speeds for safety
Development application and related documents

The approved documents and related background material, reports and superseded versions of the proposal are posted to this page for convenience purposes only.

Summary of the Review Process & Timelines

Phased Development Agreement Authorization Bylaw

Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw

Official Community Plan Bylaw

September 2016 update and documents:

A public hearing was held on September 19, 2016, regarding the proposed bylaws. After closing the hearing, Council gave further readings to the bylaws (second and third readings). Prior to bylaw adoption (enactment), the applicant is to fulfil various conditions including the registration of legal agreements. 

Applicant Public Hearing Presentation

Staff Public Hearing Presentation

July 2016 update:

At the July 4, 2016, Council meeting, Council rescheduled the Public Hearing for the Sewell's Marina development proposal for September 19, 2016, at 6 p.m.

June 2016 update and documents:

Council gave first reading to the proposed bylaws for the Sewell's development proposal at its June 6, 2016, meeting and scheduled a public hearing for July 4, 2016, at 6 p.m. in Council Chamber. Prior to the public hearing, the applicant is hosting a Development Application Information Meeting on June 21, 2016 at the Gleneagles Community Centre (Seaview Room) from 4–7 p.m. At 5 p.m. the applicant will give a presentation on their proposal. This meeting is being held by the applicant to give the public an opportunity to learn about the proposal and ask questions before the scheduled public hearing.

Council Report May 20, 2016

Appendix E OCP Amendment

Appendix F Zoning Amendment

Appendix G Phased Development Agreement Bylaw

Appendix H Master Development Covenant

Appendix I Public Access Covenant

Appendix J Works and Services Agreement

Appendix K Development Permit No 15-037

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section A1

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section A2

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section A3

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section A4

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section B

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section C1

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section C2

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section C3

Schedule A to Development Permit No. 15-037 section D

March 2016 update and documents:

The Design Review Committee will consider the application (3rd appearance) at its meeting on Thursday, March 17, 2016. The meeting is held in the Council Chamber at Municipal Hall, 750 - 17th Street and starts at 4:30 p.m.

Staff Memo to the Design Review Committee

Sewell's Response to the Design Review Committee

February 2016 update and documents:

The development proposal has been revised based on the comments made by the Design Review Committee last September. It is scheduled for reconsideration by the Committee at its meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chamber.

Memo to the Design Review Committee - February 2016

September 2015 update and documents:

Notification Letter

The District of West Vancouver is hosting a series of consultation meetings to familiarize the community with the proposal and to obtain public input. Three events are scheduled and provide opportunities to learn more about the proposed development, to have your questions answered in person, and to provide your feedback.

Open Houses:

Monday, September 21 from 4–7 p.m. 
Gleneagles Community Centre Lobby, 6262 Marine Drive

Saturday, September 26 from 12–3 p.m. 
The Boathouse Restaurant, 6695 Nelson Avenue
Note: This location is not accessible. Call Kristi Merilees at 604-925-7008 for more information.

Open House & Presentation:

Wednesday, September 23 | open house from 6 p.m. presentation at 7 p.m.
Gleneagles Community Centre Gym, 6262 Marine Drive

September 14, 2015 Council Report Provides information to Council on upcoming consultation events.

September 17, 2015 Design Review Committee Report First appearance of the site development concept before the Design Review Committee.

Drawing Booklet

July 2015 update and documents:

Introduced the proposal to Council and advised that information on a community programme would be forthcoming.

July 20, 2015 Council Report

Drawing Booklet

Project highlights are as follows:

  • 159 residential units in six buildings, with four levels of underground parking;
  • preliminary building heights between two and nine storeys, with taller buildings nestled toward the adjacent hill;
  • 493 off-street parking spaces, 255 of which are for commercial and marina uses and 238 are for residential use;
  • many different unit floor plans including one bedroom, one bedroom + den or family room, two bedroom, two bedroom + den or family room, three bedroom, and three bedroom + den or family room;
  • a proposed seaside village character, with small squares and a variety circulation options for vehicles and pedestrians; and
  • coordination with the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape Study and the District’s Parks department for consistent streetscape treatment and identification of opportunities for an enhanced waterfront path.


Kristi Merilees
Community Relations Manager



Bylaw & Licensing Services



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