Skip to content

Public invited to comment on private school operating in industrial area

The public can participate by phone in public hearings
City Vancouver Academy, a private school, is operating in an area meant for industrial and retail.

The public will be allowed to give input on a private school’s request for a year’s reprieve to operate in an industrial/retail area.

City Vancouver Academy, owned by Bauhinia Learning Centre, which was found last year by the Ministry of Education to be operating where schools weren’t permitted, was given a temporary permit last year by council to continue in its current location.

An extension for this temporary permit is on the agenda for next Monday’s (Oct. 18) public hearing at 7 p.m.

One location for the private school fell through, according to a letter from the school's general manager, Eric Chung, to city council, but they have secured another one at No. 3 Road and Westminster Highway. The new school is expected to be ready for move-in in May.

The school is currently located at 8766 McKim Way, close to Cambie and Garden City roads.

In its current location, the zoning doesn't allow schools because the area is in the flight path of airplanes coming and going to the airport, and this is considered too noisy for educational environments.

The private school is for students in Grades 10 to 12 and operates on a semester system with classes in the fall, winter, spring and summer.

Each course costs $825 for local students and $1,300 for international students.

According to the Ministry of Education, the school had 27 students enrolled in September 2020.

Four units proposed for single-family lot

A subdivision at 9631 Patterson Rd., at Sea Island Way, is also on the agenda for the public hearing.

Paul Atwal has applied to subdivide a single-family lot, where a new house was built on the western side, to create two lots. 

The existing house already has a secondary suite and Atwal is proposing to build one in the new home as well.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the public can participate by phone, but not in person.

Click here for information on how to participate in public hearings.