Public Hearing - Development Permit Amendments

A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, November 18 at 7:30 pm at Council Chambers, 606 Mountainview Square to consider proposed changes to the Kitimat Municipal Code regarding Development Permit regulations.

What is it?

A development permit (DP-DRA) gives a property or business owner permission to commence a specific project, and outlines what — if any — exemptions to Design Guidelines or Municipal Code requirements have been approved.

All DP-DRA applications are reviewed by the Downtown Design Panel. The Panel evaluates the aesthetic component of all downtown projects and provides recommendations to Mayor and Council.  Regulations governing the issuing and regulating of development permits are set out in the BC Local Government Act, Kitimat's Official Community Plan, and Kitimat's Municipal Code.

What Changes?

The proposed change would streamline Development Permits for applications with project cost below $50,000 by delegating the approval process staff.  Applicants will benefit from faster decisions; average process time would be cut from 3-5 weeks to 10 days.  Public Notice and referral to the Downtown Design Panel elements of the process would remain unchanged.  Any permit application that receives significant community feedback, may be referred to Council for decision, and applicants can appeal decisions to Council if they wish.

Need More Information?

The bylaw, Council resolution, staff report, and other background material are available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday excluding Monday, November 11. For convenience, the Council Report dated October 24 is available for download. Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning & Development at 250-632-8910.

How to Provide Comment

Anyone wishing to comment on this issue may provide written comment to Mayor & Council c/o 270 City Centre, V8C 2H7; fax 250-632-4995; or email to dok@kitimat.ca before 8:30 am on November 14 to be included in the report to Mayor and Council. You may also speak in person, or deliver written comment, at the Public Hearing held Monday, November 18 at 7:30 pm at Northwest Community College, 606 Mountainview Square, Council Chambers.