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Development Applications

Development can be a project as small as renovating a house, or as large as building a major office tower. Depending on the type of development project, there are specific processes to note.

If you are interested in developing a property that is consistent with the City's regulations for the site, you do not need to submit a development application. You do not require special permission from Council or public input. Instead, you can apply for a Building Permit and/or Business Licence.

If you are a developer wanting to build or develop a property in a way that does not fit with the City's existing regulations, you must apply for Council permission by submitting the appropriate development application(s). A development application is a formal request for a change to one or more of the City's existing regulations. When Council receives a development request, they will seek input from City staff, advisory bodies and the public before deciding whether to grant permission for the development.

A map showing the location of active planning applications within the City.

Information on the processes and documents which control development in the City.

Information on the major development projects in the City.


Types of Development Applications


Development Variance Permits

A development variance permit allows a developer to request an exception to a small aspect of the zoning restrictions without making a change to the zoning category. For example, developers may apply to vary the height of a building that is, to be allowed to build higher than that which is allowed in the Zoning Bylaw.


Rezoning

If developers want to build on or use a property in ways that differ significantly from what the current zoning allows, they may apply to have the property rezoned. Examples of changes that could require rezoning include: building a duplex on a lot zoned for a single-unit residence, or converting a restaurant into a pub.


Official Community Plan Amendments

The Official Community Plan describes the long-term vision for the City. It is reviewed approximately every ten years, but small minor changes, or amendments, can be made in between reviews. An example of a development project that could require an amendment to the Official Community Plan would be if a developer owned a property that was zoned for industrial use but wished to build commercial office space on it.


Development Permits

The Office Community Plan identifies a number of uses and locations in the City where development is permitted through the approval of a Development Permit. Examples of types of development approved in this manner include sites within the Shipyard precinct, or Harbourside Waterfront area, Coach House developments, or development located in streamside areas.


Development Application Resources

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