Miscellaneous Bill Addresses Land Use Planning and Development Matters

Bill 17, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, was introduced on March 10, 2014. It includes amendments to remove the requirement for Ministerial approvals on two types of bylaws; replace outdated land use contracts; and address development cost charges (DCCs).

Bill 17 is proposing amendments to the Local Government Act, Community Charter and Vancouver Charter to affect the following changes:
  • removes the requirement for Ministerial approval for certain regional district land use bylaws, in an effort to streamline the approval process.  This has been a request of regional districts for many years.
  • removes Ministerial approval for soil removal and deposit bylaws that include fees. Approval roles for the Ministers of Environment and Energy remain in place.
  • provides for the termination of land use contracts in all municipalities and regional districts on the “sunset” date of June 30, 2024 and requires all local governments to have zoning in place for lands covered by land use contracts by June 30, 2022.  UBCM members have endorsed resolutions seeking to address outdated land use contracts that affect their ability to develop and plan their communities.
  • provides in-stream protection from DCC (DCL in Vancouver) rate changes.  Developers are provided with 12 months of protection from increases to DCC/DCL fees if a bylaw is adopted after an application for a rezoning or a development permit has been submitted to a local government for approval.  This amendment brings DCC/DCL in line with building permit applications.
Further information on the proposed amendments in Bill 17 is available on ubcm.ca. If you have questions about the amendments please contact Jennifer Hill or Lois-Leah Goodwin at the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development.

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