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Regulation redesign: simplifying rules for city building

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

Regulation Redesign is a comprehensive review of our land use regulations and related policy documents. The aim of this work is to:

  • Simplify and clarify land use regulations and policies to improve ease of use and clarity in order to reduce permit processing times
  • Modernize and update the rules, language, and format or land use documents; and the processes to create/amend them
  • Improve consistency among land use policies and regulations
  • Improve external and internal communication on the land use planning framework and its systems
  • Establish a robust and enduring land use framework (including regulations, policies, protocols, and procedures) that is able to adapt well into the future

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Outcomes of Regulation Redesign will be:

  • An updated Zoning and Development By-law with a user-friendly format
  • More consistent regulations across district schedules
  • More clarity on the purpose of various land use documents (for example, guidelines, bulletins) and how they relate to each other and land use regulations

What's happening

Regulation redesign project updates

Based on feedback we heard from you throughout 2018 and 2019, we have been refining and developing options to update, consolidate and clarify regulations.

Drop in at one of the events for an update on this work and to share your thoughts. 

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Open house

Wednesday, February 26, 5pm to 8pm
Vancouver City Hall (Media Centre), 453 W 12 Ave

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Pop-up events

February 19, 21, 25, 27,  9am to 11am
Development and Building Services Centre (ground floor), 515 W 10 Ave

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Can't attend in person? Complete our online comment form by March 12.

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Recent updates

Stakeholder workshop

June 19 – over 65 stakeholders attended a workshop to explore ideas and identify alternatives for simplifying floor area and building height regulations.  


Amendments to Zoning and Development By-law approved

June 11 – at public hearing, Council approved amendments to create a more user-friendly and up-to-date Zoning and Development By-law. The amendments were enacted and effective as of July 9.

The specific amendments are:

  • Simplify and update the regulations by reformatting Sections 2, 10 and 11 of the by-law
  • Update references to sections 10 and 11 throughout the by-law (and in various official development plans, policies, and guidelines)
  • Replace gendered terminology with gender neutral language
  • Clarify the height regulations in the I-3 District Schedule
  • Clarify the applicability of housing requirements for floor area increases achieved through heritage transfer or heritage amenity shares in the C-5A and C-6 districts

Regulation redesign presents new zoning webpages

Zoning and Development By-law
The landing page for the Zoning and Development By-law containing general information on the by-law and its functions.

Zoning and land use document library
Your single reliable source of land use regulations and policies currently in effect.

Zoning and land use amendments
Your single reliable source outlining recent changes to the City's land use by-laws, policies, guidelines, and bulletins.


Project update to Council

May 15 –  staff presented Council with a project update and some proposed amendments to create a more user-friendly and up-to-date Zoning and Development By-law and to make it easier to find land use information.

The report recommends that the matter be referred to Public Hearing in June, at which time the public will have the opportunity to speak to Council about the proposed amendments.

Timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones

In each phase, we will consult with development and building industry professionals, builders, the broader public and staff.

  • Spring -
    winter 2018

    Phase 1: Project Start Up

    What we are doing:

    • Review regulatory framework and best practices
    • Public consultation, listening sessions, kiosk at the development and building services centre, stakeholder roundtable, pop-up events in the community
    • Seek feedback to identify issues and ideas of the current land use zoning and development regulatory framework

    Who we’ll consult with:

    • Development and building industry professionals, builders, and the broader public
  • Spring 2019

    Phase 2: Develop options and directions

  • What we will do:

    • Prioritize issues and explore options based on findings in Phase 1
    • Report to Council with options and directions

    Who we'll consult with:

    • Development and building industry professionals, builders, and the broader public

  • Fall 2019-
    winter 2020

    Research, development, update regulations

    What we will do:

    • Develop guiding principles for new regulations
    • Create definitions for balconies, porches and decks, update and harmonize regulations
    • Develop options for a user-friendly zoning by-law format
    • Clarify the purpose and format of land use documents (for example, guidelines, bulletins)
    • Improve coordination of policy development and implementation through improved tracking
  • We are here
  • Spring 2020

    Production

    What we will do:

    • Report to Council with updated regulations and a recommended option for a user-friendly zoning by-law
    • Prototype and test new by-law structure and format
    • Begin drafting new zoning by-law
    • Ongoing regulatory updates to simplify and clarify regulations
    • Establish protocols and procedures for developing regulations and land use policies

    Public engagement opportunities

  • Winter 2021

    Refinement

    What we will do:

    • Report to Council with regulatory updates
    • Continue drafting and refining new zoning by-law
    • Develop implementation plan for introducing new by-law
    • Communicate protocols and procedures for developing regulations and policies

    Public engagement opportunities

  • Winter 2021

    Implementation

    What we will do:

    • Introduce new by-law: education and training programs

    Public engagement opportunities

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