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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.

Construction at the Horseshoe Bay Residences development site has been underway since the spring of 2017.

Current construction phase | updated October 1, 2018

Rock blasting and scaling
Due to site constraints, including natural ground conditions, topography and the development footprint, rock drilling has been deployed as an additional method of rock removal and is scheduled to continue on a daily basis through fall 2018. To reduce the number of heavy vehicles in the area, material transport to and from the site is managed through barging where possible.

Excavation and tower cranes
Much of the soil has been excavated and removed from the site with some minor excavation still required to prepare the foundation for the next phase of construction. The first tower crane has been installed onsite with the second crane scheduled for installation in mid-to-late October. The second crane will be located further north, near Madrona Island. As this development site is on a float plane route, the flashing red light at the top of the crane is a requirement by Transport Canada and must remain in place and active.

Concrete pouring
Concrete pouring has begun. This phase of construction will result in an increased presence of large trucks in the area Monday through Saturday into early 2019. The approved extended work days are limited and allow for concrete placement and finishing to occur within the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on large concrete pour days only. This is consistent with industry best practice and with other development sites in West Vancouver.

Parking and Traffic Flow

On October 1, the heavy truck traffic route will move to its winter route as follows:

From October 1 – March 31 the truck routes are as follows:

  • Trucks enter Horseshoe Bay from the Upper Levels Highway and travel north on Keith;
  • Vehicles will travel west on Bay Street and continue to Nelson Avenue; and
  • At Nelson, trucks are assisted by traffic control personnel into the site.

Departing Horseshoe Bay:

  • Trucks will exit travelling south on Nelson Avenue, east on Bruce Street to Keith Road and then out on Bay Street to the Upper Levels highway.

Traffic control personnel (TCP) will continue to be located at various locations and possible traffic interruption areas.

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
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

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.


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