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Vancouver (B.C.). Development Permit Board

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Vancouver (B.C.). Development Permit Board

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The Development Permit Board was created in 1975 by means of the approval of by-law no. 4876. The by-law also created the affiliated Development Permit Advisory Panel. By-law 5869 (Feb. 5, 1985) repealed by-law 4876 and reconstituted the Board and the Panel, with minimal changes to the mandate and composition of the two bodies.


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The Development Permit Board took over the responsibilities of the former Technical Permit Board, specifically, to approve or disapprove development permit applications referred to it for review by the Planning Department. The Advisory Panel's role was to provide advice and make submissions to the Board regarding applications under consideration. The Panel attended Board meetings and participated in discussions, but did not vote.

Discussions of the Board and Panel focused on the Development Permit Staff Committees reports that accompanied the development permit application submitted to the Board. The Staff Committee was made up of Senior Planners in the Planning Department, who circulated the permit application to staff in other departments for their comments, collected those comments, and drafted a report for the Board which made recommendations on approval and possible pre-conditions or conditions for approval, as deemed appropriate.

Until 1980, only development permit applications in the Central Area (Downtown peninsula, Gastown, Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, False Creek, and Fairview south to Broadway. In 1980, the geographical scope of applications referred to the Board was extended to the entire city, while at the same time the type of applications referred was limited to development permit applications that involved conditional uses.

By the early 1990s, only "major" or "contentious" applications were referred to the Board for discussion.

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At its foundation, the Board was made up of the Director of Planning (who was Chair), the Director of Social Planning, and the Chief Engineer. In November 1998, by-law 7945 added the Director of Development Services as a non-voting Chair of the Board, which from that time was made up of the Deputy City Manager, the General Manager of Engineering Services, and a Co-Director of Planning. Various by-laws over the years changed the composition of the Board to reflect changes in leadership of the Planning role in the City, though the structure of the Board remained the same in essence.

At its foundation, the Advisory Council was made up of six Council-appointed members of the public: two representatives of the development industry, two representatives of the development professions, and two members of the general public. Over time, the composition of the Advisory Panel changed: in February 1985, by-law 5869 added a third "general public" member; in January 1998, by-law 7837 added a fourth "general public" member.

In September 2005, by-law 9114 changed the composition of the Advisory Panel to: two representatives of the development industry, the Chair of the Urban Design Panel, one representative of the development professions, the Chair of the Vancouver Heritage Commission, and four members of the general public.

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Created 2016-06-06, SLW




By-laws 4876, 5869, 7837, 7945, 8294, 9089, 9114, 9310, 9401, 9435, 9512, & 10250

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