Area for rezoning near the Lonsdale waterfront for a possible brewery district. (City of North Vancouver)
Apr 23, 2019 12:41 pm
A sizeable area near the City of North Vancouver’s Lonsdale waterfront has been designated as the region’s newest brewery cluster.
Last week, North Vancouver city council approved an industrial commercial zoning amendment recommended by city staff for the 200 block of East 1st Avenue and the 200 and 300 blocks of East Esplanade, effectively turning a multi-city block area into a brewery district.
The area is mainly light industrial, with uses such as car garages, studios, laboratories, and small-scale manufacturing.
The municipal government says it has received interest from a number of parties to submit applications to build a new brewery with an attached restaurant-lounge space, but under previous city policies, every lounge added to these businesses would require a rezoning in order to be built.
Instead of examining each individual application as a rezoning, city council requested city staff earlier this year to explore an area-wide zoning change.
The new policy now permits lounge sizes limited to 30% of the businesses’ total floor area, up to a maximum of 861-sq-ft, including seating and circulation areas, bar, kitchen and food preparation areas, washrooms, and storage. It is anticipated that a maximum size lounge will be able to handle about 50 patrons.
On-site patios will also be permitted, but with size limitations of up to 431-sq-ft.
In the situation where a proposed lounge is adjacent to a residence or a rooftop patio is proposed, the rezoning process may be enforced.