Development Updates

New Provincial Housing Legislation

In an effort to address the ongoing housing crisis, the Province has made a number of significant changes to the legislation under which local governments operate. The City has simultaneously been working towards more and better housing, and is considering how to modify our own municipal regulations/approval processes to align with the new provincial legislation.

As this information is preliminary and new, we do not yet know what all of these changes will look like. Initial information, including an Interim Development Review Strategy was received in a report to Council on January 29th, 2024.

A ‘New Provincial Housing Legislation’ webpage has been established which will be updated on a regular basis as new information is available.

New Unit Additions

On February 5, 2024, City Council adopted the Policy for the Review of New Unit Additions in Existing Rental Buildings. The intent of this policy is to guide the evaluation of development applications which propose to add new units to existing rental buildings. The policy’s purpose is to provide staff and applicants with a framework to ensure retention and revitalization of existing rental units is balanced with the provisions of new ones.

 
Planning Review Checklist
A new checklist has been developed to help ensure you have the necessary documents prepped and ready for your application.
 

Development Cost Charges (DCC)

The DCC charges have been updated as of August 2022. For more information and to check out the new rates, visit Timing and Cost section in the Making a Development Application page

The City is proposing an Inflationary DCC Minor Update in 2024. Please click here to learn more.

Delegation of Development Variance Permits (DVP's)
 
In summer 2022, Council approved that most minor, stand-alone DVP applications be delegated to the Director of Climate Action Planning and Development.  For more details and to review the Council report, click here.


Projects on the Go

To learn about development applications currently under review, but not undergoing City consultation at this time, please view the List of Private Development Projects.

Contact

Please contact the Planning Division at 604-527-4532 or if you have questions.