According to Burnaby Now, Safeway is selling approximately 42 acres of land in South Burnaby, next to Byrne Creek Secondary School in the Edmonds area of Burnaby. This is prime Burnaby real estate. The property site is located between 11th and 14th avenues and from 15th to 18th streets, and is very large covering around eight square city blocks. According to the article in Burnaby Now, the Safeway property went up for sale on June 1, with no listed price. Safeway plans to take offers until July 5. You can read the full article on the Burnaby Now website.
The City of Burnaby has the area listed as multi-family residential in its official community plan. According to the Edmonds Town Center Plan (which was last updated April 2009), the site is marked as 'long term potential' and zoned as 1/2/6 and 3 on the plan.
- 1 means 25 units per acre maximum - Ground - Oriented Multiple Family Dwellings
- 2 means 40 units per acre maximum - Low Rise Apartments / Ground - Oriented Multiple Family Dwellings
- 3 means 40 units per acre maximum - Low Rise Apartments
- 6 means 12 units per acre maximum - Townhouses
According to the City of Burnaby website, Burnaby's Official Community Plan (OCP), is about defining directions. These directions will guide Burnaby's development and meet its anticipated needs over the next decade and beyond. They will also help ensure that Burnaby is an even more desirable place to live, work and invest in the future. According to the website, the OCP for Burnaby is primarily concerned with policy direction for the next 10 to 15 years. Burnaby's OCP envisions a more complete community, an environmentally aware community, a community of economic opportunity, a community with increased transportation choice, an involved community and a community within a livable region. This is all positive news for Burnaby and for the Greater Vancouver real estate market in general. No doubt real estate will continue to develop in Burnaby, and it is great to see that the city is planning and looking towards the future.
You can read more about Burnaby's Official Community Plan (OCP) on the City of Burnaby website.