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Vancouver fast tracks new home building permits

By Courier staff for Vancouver Courier

A new pilot project announced Tuesday aims to fast track home construction in Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver is launching a new pilot program for experienced homebuilder teams that will significantly reduce permit processing times from 28 to 38 weeks to six to eight weeks.

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The Applicant Supported and Assisted Process (ASAP) was designed with the aim of expediting single-family and laneway homes as part of the Housing Vancouver goal to create 10,000 new ground-level homes over the next 10 years.

“This pilot is one of several new measures implemented by the City to speed up the delivery of new housing , and streamline planning and development processes,” Kaye Krishna, general manager of development, buildings and licencing, said in a press release. “This includes piloting new ideas, a system wide review of our policies and processes, and adding more staff across our departments to better meet demand.”

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