Project Site Reviews

Initially, the Project Site Review (PSR) is usually the first step used in identifying all significant land and building issues that affect the design and feasibility of a new construction project.

These projects consist of new single-family homes, multi-family buildings, home additions, new commercial buildings, and new industrial buildings.

Your PRS will give you a clear idea of the project’s zoning information and requirements, environmental and technical requirements, the approximate amount of time the project will take to complete, an estimate of fees and charges, and a road map detailing each step along the way.

Metro Vancouver has a unique geography that present a variety of challenges to new development. Many of these geological and environmental issues are addressed in municipal regulations and Official Community Plan’s, but the specific processes vary greatly between municipalities.

Time Frames

The amount of time it will take to obtain the necessary development and building permits varies across Metro Vancouver. The differences are generally attributed to the municipality, the complexity of the project, and/or the type of work being done.  Some municipalities, such as Anmore can turn around a simple permit application in as little as a week, whereas a complex permit application in Vancouver or Burnaby can take as much as 1-2 years.

Zoning Information and Requirements

The PSR will provide you with detailed information about the zoning requirements for your project, including lot legality, property line setbacks, height limits and other site and design standards. It will also tell you if any special permits are required, such as a Development Permit or Variance, in addition to your building permit.

Environmental and Technical Requirements

Included in a PSR is a review of the environmental and technical requirements for your project. Based on the site visit and information provided by the government agencies, the PSR will tell you if a technical report, such as a soil analysis, hazardous materials report, or geotechnical report is needed for your project. The PSR will also informs you of any minimum setbacks from protected areas such as wetlands or streams. Additionally, it will specify whether any technical and environmental assessments or permits are needed, such as a biotic assessment, grading permit or an exception to the riparian corridor setback.

Fee Estimate

The PSR will provide you with a detailed estimate of the fees you may incur by municipalities and other government agencies, such as application fees, rezoning fees, permit fees, development cost charges, community amenity contributions, as well as coordinating professionals fess for any architectural or engineering services required to complete the applications for your project.

Permit Process Road Map

The PSR will tell you exactly what to do next to prepare a permit application. It will provide you with a complete list of the technical information and special permits that will be required for your project (if any).

Once you have completed the final phase of the site development plan review, the proper permits may then be obtained to begin construction. Whether a Project Site Review is required or not depends on the size and scope of the project and is determined during the design phase, which is required for all new construction and additions and for some tenant finish/remodel projects.

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