Johnson Yates Block

Jawl Residential is in the planning stage for this 1.77 acre parcel of land bordered by Johnson, Cook and Yates Streets.

  • Partners:  In partnership with Nadar Holdings Ltd.
  • Status:  Planning - Community Consultation
  • Neighbourhood:  Harris Green
  • Location:  1025-1031 Johnson Street - 1050 Yates Street
  • Building Type:  Mixed-use / Public Safety
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Frequently asked questions

What is being proposed?

The vision for this site is to develop a master-planned community that incorporates the best of city design principles and includes a smart mix of housing, commercial and retail spaces. The proposal, which requires a rezoning process, includes four buildings that will create a sense of place, maximize light and view corridors and add vibrancy to the Harris Green neighbourhood.

The first phase includes a proposed 11-storey building that will be home to Victoria’s new state-of-the-art fire hall and emergency operations centre. It also includes two levels of underground parking, 130 rental homes and office space.

How will the fire hall impact neighbours?

The Victoria Fire Department has worked closely with our development team on a design and operations plan for the new fire-hall and emergency operations centre. Traffic and noise will be mitigated through a variety of strategies that will also improve responsiveness and efficiency between fire and ambulance services in the City of Victoria. Feedback on these plans from downtown neighbours has been very positive.

Has there been public consultation?

Since announcing our agreement with the City of Victoria to build a new fire hall in March of 2018, we have been consulting with the downtown community and developing plans for the building design and master plan.  We have spent six months consulting with the community and presented an overview of our proposal at a Community Meeting facilitated by the Downtown Residents Association the Community Association Land Use Committee on July 31, 2018.  We always welcome further questions and input from the public, and can be reached by email at

What feedback has been received to date?

We have received significant input and feedback from various stakeholders.  Common themes we have heard relate to parking, building heights & separation and public open space.  Our application will respond to these concerns by proposing:

  • Parking in accordance with the City’s current parking requirements with no variance. The first phase will have 116 parking stalls for use by occupants of the building and the public
  • Height, setbacks and building separation that meets or exceeds the standards set out in the Downtown Core Area Plan to create a sense of place, maximize light and view corridors and add vibrancy to the Harris Green neighbourhood
  • Public open space along yates street that serves as a gateway to the downtown core
What’s happening with Pacific Mazda?

Pacific Mazda will stay right where it is for quite some time. The City of Victoria’s new fire hall will be the first phase of a long-term plan for this site.

What’s next?

Rezoning and development permit applications for this project will be made to the City of Victoria in early fall of 2018.

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