Development Applications

IMPORTANT UPDATES

Changes to Development Applications and Public Hearings

While City Hall is closed to the public, we’re still open for business and we’ve adjusted the way we do business in this COVID-19 climate.

Public Process for Development Applications Suspended: With group gatherings no longer permitted, the City has suspended the public development applications process until later this spring. We will resume bringing forward development applications for Council consideration once the COVID-19 situation subsides and we can accommodate meaningful public input.

Planning staff continue to be available to answer questions related to your applications,  please contact us planning@cnv.org or 604 983 7357


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How can I reach the Planning Department?
    While our service counter is closed, please email planning@cnv.org. If you have an active application, you may phone or email your file manager directly. File managers will be contacting you to discuss your application. We're also available at 604 983 7357.
  • Are planning applications still being accepting while City Hall is closed to the public?
    Yes. Applications are accepted by electronic submission to planning@cnv.org.

    Digital drawings must meet the City’s digital submission requirements:

    • Files must be original size, correctly scaled, flattened to PDF and saved in PDF format with no document restrictions
    • Document restrictions can be modified in the Document Properties 'Security' tab
    • The Security Method should be set to 'No Security' to set all permissions (printing, etc.) to 'Allowed'.
  • How do I pay for my application?
    Simply drop off a cheque at the drop box outside of City Hall or mail a cheque to City Hall, c/o the Planning Assistants, Planning Division. Note the address of the development and the PLN/DPA number.
  • Will my in-process application be delayed as a result of COVID-19?
    We are maintaining business continuity through modified procedures and ask for your patience during this time. Committee Meetings, Public Hearings, Developer Information Sessions and Town Hall Meetings have been cancelled. Planning applications will not proceed until these public meetings resume.

    We’re working to advance all applications that do not require public meetings or hearings. Our internal review for applications requiring public meetings continues.


    The planner assigned to your project is available to discuss it with you.
  • How will pre-consultation meetings and other inquiries occur during the closure of City Hall?
    Pre-consultation materials may be submitted by emailing planning@cnv.org. We will continue to process new inquiries, respond to email requests, and arrange virtual meetings or calls to discuss specific proposals.

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.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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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