The City’s Vancouver Regulation Redesign program hopes to make it easier to understand zoning and development rules

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The effort focuses on streamlining the process for both companies and authorities

Well, better late than never, one supposes.

The city of Vancouver first adopted its zoning and development rule back in 1965. There have been thousands of changes and other changes since then, but never a comprehensive review to update and modernize the outdated rules.

In 2018, the city council referred employees to start looking at how to do exactly that. The result was Regulation Redesign, which aims to make navigation rules easier for the public, homeowners and entrepreneurs who may not be well versed in what can be, in the words of urban planner Marco D’Agostini, “a cold, hard and dense document to come into. “

Staff have begun restructuring the relevant parts of the city’s site to make them more accessible. “For example, if you have a restaurant and want to know which zones you can operate in, we’ve put them all on a table now and made them more accessible,” says D’Agostini, who has worked in the planning department for nearly 30 years. year.

“Under the current format, it is much more difficult. You have to read a whole lot of things through, interpret it – it is not always clear and simple, “he adds. “Part of that is using tables and graphs and charts, as opposed to the current bylaws, which are just lots of words on white text and paper. Some of it is super basic, but so far everyone very much supports the direction it is going. ”

D’Agostini expects his team of six to bring the full plan back to the council in a year or so. Although this group has gained some reputation for being unpredictable when it comes to voting, D’Agostini, thanks to its split along party lines, praises the Vancouver councilors for their work on regulating redesign.

“It’s a good initiative in terms of capacity and the way in which the council has given staff the opportunity to solve the problem,” he says. “Various industries, companies, social groups and developers have long expressed confusion or conflicting policies and rules. We have also seen at the provincial level that there are similar initiatives around development applications, process reviews, things going on. In a year, we will see a really significant change to address these issues. ”

Staff are also looking to reduce a backlog in permit requests, D’Agostini says. “There are a number of initiatives in the city to simplify and approve rules, make them more modern, simplify them. There are plenty of improvements to the Council’s treatment. ”

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