The Town of Qualicum Beach has been granted $296,558 from the province to develop a unique and practical development review toolkit to improve development review processes.
The town said, in a media release, it will collaborate with Vancouver Island University (VIU) and other B.C. municipalities to gather and document best practices and resources to create a robust toolkit for applications and review processes.
The town said it hopes to improve the quality of development applications, the efficiency of municipal application reviews and communication between all participants involved in the process. The toolkit will be scalable, adaptable and available to all other small B.C. communities. The outcomes will include the development of forms, guides, processes and recommendations.
“Our planning department and processes are integral to life in Qualicum Beach and the end results of this project will hopefully have a huge impact on reducing permit processing timeframes in the town,” said Mayor Brian Wiese.
The funding is provided by the province and administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), under their Local Government Development Approvals program.
Opportunity for public input will be available as the process progresses, according to the release.