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Does a developer going through a rezoning also have to go through the development-permit process?

Question: Do you know, if a developer is going through rezoning, do they also have to go through the entire development permit process or is it combined?

Answer: Hmm, a tricky one. I checked with my Valuable City Hall Sources and they said … it depends.  Some, like Rental 100 projects or laneways, are combined. Others are not. But sometimes they don’t go to the development-permit board, they go to a staff committee.

Apparently it depends on the level of detail that was provided in the rezoning process. Recently some buildings in East Fraserlands were approved through rezoning, but there were no real details about what the buildings would look like (other than general mass and height) so they will go to the board.

Complex projects or anything where the community has weighed in, whether they are rezonings or not, go to the board. More straightforward projects go to a staff committee.

If you have a more specific questions about a particular project, I can try to find out more.



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  • AdamFitch

    A while ago, there was a question about why some development permit decisions are made by the Director of Planning, and some are made by the DP Board. It has to do with whether a rezoning is involved or not.
    For example, take the “smithe” condo tower project by Boffo Developments. This is a 16 storey tower that will be built at the northeast corner of Smith and Cambie in downtown Vancouver . This site does not need to be rezoned, as it can proceed under the current zoning. Thus, the development permit decision will be made by the Director of Planning, rather than the DP Board.

  • AdamFitch

    Oops, I made a typo. The Smithe will be 26 storeys, not 16.

  • John Kuharchuk

    In every rezoning I’ve ever been involved in, a development permit has been required. However, the process isn’t necessary sequential: in many cases, the development permit and rezoning have been run concurrently or nearly concurrently. This better ensures certainty of outcome in regard to the ultimate form of development and limits the developer much more than the rezoning alone.