The Regional District of Nanaimo is hoping to make the development application process a lot more efficient and convenient to developers.
At present, development projects that require the most technical permits are dealt with and issued permits at board meetings, which are held once a month. This can lead to significant delays in the construction process and have financial implications.
Helen MacPhail Sims, of Sims Associate BC Land Surveyor, appeared as a delegation at the Electoral Areas Services Committee meeting on Tuesday night and expressed her support to a proposed bylaw that will help accelerate the application process.
The construction industry, she said, has become more complex and there are no easy lots or subdivisions to develop. They all require permits that are at times very technical in nature.
“The development community has only ten opportunities per year to have their technical applications forwarded to this committee and the board,” said Sims, who cited as an example a development application her firm made to the RDN that the EASC dealt with the same night.
Jeremy Holm, RDN manager of current planning, has recommended a new bylaw that will expand the delegation authority for development permits. He said it provides multiple benefits that include reduced processing timelines and faster issuance of DPs. It will assist property owners and contractors in starting and finishing projects in a reasonable period of time, especially when there are construction window constraints like weather, nesting and fisheries.
The committee voted to recommend the board give three readings and adopt the delegation of authority bylaw.
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