Vancouver permit delays holding up 69,500 housing units, developer group says
One builder, Jake Fry of Smallworks, is quoted by the Vancouver Sun article as taking 30 per cent longer to build single family homes than he did five years ago.
By Steve Payne
“Complex permitting rules” have led to a bureaucracy-created backlog of 69,500 housing units still awaiting approvals in the Greater Vancouver area.
This according to Anne McMullin, president of the Vancouver’s Urban Development Institute.
The UDI is urging Vancouver’s various municipalities to immediately streamline the permit process, especially since the region has a significant shortage of housing.
“It’s a bureaucratic quagmire. Municipalities must reduce processing delays,” McMullin, told the Vancouver Sun in this article published July 25.
“There is no consideration how much time it takes or how much money it costs. We need to build more supply for families, first-time buyers and renters,” McMullin told the newspaper.
Dozens of bureaucratic rules are holding up builders. This can include double-bulb ceiling fixtures, painting steps a specific way – or even building in wiring for a second refrigerator — all unnecessary rules that require inspectors to check the work has been done correctly.
One Vancouver homebuilder, Jake Fry of Smallworks, is quoted in the article that bureaucracy means he is spending “30 per cent longer to build single-family homes” than he did five years ago.