City Planning & Zoning

Property rezoning is typically done either for an investor to make a profit or for a homeowner to make his or her property more comfortable. Those who purchase a property with the hopes of rezoning for profit are often focused on changing the way that property can be used. For example, an investor may want to change a residential property into a commercial property. It can also be done by creating multiple lots from a single piece of land. Homeowners who are simply trying to improve their own property by building an addition, guest house, or even an outbuilding or garage, will find that rezoning is sometimes a necessary part of the project.

Each municipal government in Metro Vancouver has a slightly different process for handling rezoning applications. The process usually takes anywhere from 90 to 180 days. If neighboring property owners have any objections to the rezoning of your property, they will offer their comments and concerns before the zoning commission makes its decision.

Many municipalities also require a presentation to an Advisory Design Panel which will consider whether the application supports the communities’ overall goals. The likelihood of obtaining a rezoning on a specific property depends on how you would like the property to be rezoned and future local plans for the surrounding properties. No two rezoning applications contain the same exact parameters, so the likelihood for rezoning approval is case specific.

Our experience shows us that many overzealous developers in Metro Vancouver have tried to fight the City and have wasted time, effort, and money doing so.  Our approach to rezoning focuses on achieving your project and profit goals, while consulting with key individuals at the relevant municipal or provincial agency.

If you are rezoning to improve your property and not to make a profit, the process is something you may wish to avoid all together. Property owners who try to deal with the process on their own are often unprepared to go through all the red tape.

Our team has extensive experience in property rezoning, change of use, sub-division, dedications, and urban redevelopments.


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