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Development and building regulatory review

Updated and simplified land use regulations and policies will result in more streamlined review processes.

We have started a comprehensive review of our regulations, policies, and processes for planning, development, and building.

The aim of the review is to:

  • Simplify, clarify, and update regulations
  • Improve the consistency of regulations and policies
  • Streamline permit review processes
  • Ensure land use regulations align with our emerging policies and priorities
  • Review the role and composition of our developmentā€“related advisory committees
  • Improve communication and information sharing

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What's happening

Regulatory updates

On June 19, 2018, City Council referred a staff report with several regulatory improvements to Public Hearing. The proposed amendments include updates to the RS zones, clarify decision-making authority throughout the bylaw, provide more flexibility for artist studio live and work spaces, simplify review processes and repeal outdated policies. 

Ongoing regulatory updates to streamline review processes, simplify and consolidate regulations, bylaws and policies to make it user friendly will be reported to Council throughout the review.

Next steps

Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed bylaw amendments may speak at the Public Hearing on July 17.

Register individually beginning at 8:30am on July 6 until 5pm, on the day of the Public Hearing.

Request to speak at the meeting.


Here is our process and anticipated milestones

  • Summer

    Launch the Development and Building Regulatory Review

    Broad review of regulatory framework and authority

  • We are here
  • Fall/
    winter 2018

    Phase 1: Listening sessions

    • What we will do: Seek feedback to identify issues and opportunities from the current Development and Building Regulatory framework.
    • Who we'll consult with: Development and building industry professionals, builders, and the broader public.
  • Winter/
    spring 2019

    Phase 2: Draft the strategic direction report

    • What we will do: Draft strategic directions report based on findings in Phase 1. Share this with stakeholders for additional feedback.
    • Who we'll consult with: Development and building industry professionals, builders, and the broader public.
    • What we'll create: Development and Building Regulatory Framework Strategic Direction report.
  • Spring 2019

    Report back to City Council

  • Summer

    Phase 3: Implementation to simplify regulations and processes

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