Development Applications

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Changes to Development Applications and Public Hearings

While City Hall is closed to the public due to COVID-19, we are maintaining business continuity through modified procedures. We ask for your patience with possible extensions to application timelines.


Submitting New Planning Applications

All development applications and pre-consultation applications are accepted by electronic submission to planning@cnv.org. For applications larger than 20 megabytes in size, please request a link to use the City’s file transfer tool (SendIt). Planning application forms and checklists can be accessed below.


  • Digital drawings must meet the City’s digital submission requirements:
    • PDF format, original size, correctly scaled, and with no document restrictions or passwords
    • Signed and sealed digitally in accordance with Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC), the Association of Engineers and Geoscientist of BC (EGBC), and the Association of BC Land Surveyors (ABCLS)
    • Submitted as individual PDFs and named in accordance with the following naming standard:

      Address – Document Title
      123 Cherry Lane – Development Application Form
      123 Cherry Lane – Architectural Drawings A1-A10

Submitting Revisions

Revisions to applications must be sent to planning@cnv.org and copy the planner assigned to the project. Please submit a full set of drawings including the revised pages. In addition to the above criteria for all planning applications, revisions must meet the following requirements:

  • Changes clearly bubbled and annotated
  • Accompanied by a ‘Response to Revisions’ letter, itemizing responses to requested changes
  • Named in accordance with the following naming standard:

    Address – Document Title – Revised
    123 Cherry Lane – Development Application Form – Revised January 1 2020
    123 Cherry Lane – Architectural Drawings A1-A10 – Revised January 1 2020

Payment Methods

At this time, a cheque can be delivered to the drop box outside of City Hall (Civic Plaza entrance) or mailed to City Hall, c/o the Planning Assistants, Planning Division. The address of the development and application number should be included on the cheque memo. Please note that payment must be received and processed before staff review can begin.


Contact the Planning Department

While our service counter is closed, the best way to contact our team is to email planning@cnv.org, which is monitored regularly. If you have an active planning application, please contact the planner working on your project directly.

For information about how the City is addressing the COVID-19 situation, what our community can do to reduce health risks, and for ongoing updates, visit www.cnv.org/COVID-19 and monitor the City’s social media channels.

If you are a developer wanting to build or develop a property in a way that does not fit within 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.

Process

Step 1: Pre-Consultation Application

  • Pre-Consultation is the first step in the development application review process. It enables early discussion and formalized feedback from City staff on preliminary development proposals. This feedback will assist in the preparation of your planning and development application.
  • To prepare a Pre-Consultation Application, please review the relevant guidelines and bylaws. Applicants should engage an Architect, Designer or Planning Professional to prepare a Pre-Consultation Application.
  • Pre-Consultation Form

Step 2: Planning / Development Permit Application


See Resources Referenced on 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 Permit Applications

The Official Community 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.

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 Permit Applications

The Official Community 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.

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