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City of Lacombe aims to streamline some development permit applications

The City of Lacombe has approved a bylaw amendment that aims to streamline development permits.

The City of Lacombe has approved a bylaw amendment that aims to streamline development permits.

In a release Thursday, the city said it will remove the requirement for Occupancy Development Permits in its Land Use Bylaw.

According to the release, the amendment ensures business name or ownership changes no longer trigger an Occupancy Development Permit requirement and also eliminates confusion around the occupancy authorized by a building inspector under the Alberta Building Code.

“Our Land Use Bylaw is an important tool Council has to ensure development in our community is consistent and fair to residents and businesses,” Mayor Grant Creasey said. “This amendment clarifies important legislation, while also removing unnecessary red tape for those looking to develop in our community.”

The most notable impact of the change will be on commercial and industrial developers and business owners. Some development applications involve a change of tenant, but no building or site changes occur in commercial and industrial settings where multi-bay or multi-tenant buildings have been constructed.

Planning and development staff at the city found that in evaluating existing processes, the Occupancy Development Permit could be deleted by leveraging the information collected from the business license applications and then integrating Planning and Development reviews into the business license approval process.

A standard development permit will still be required for new building construction, building modifications visible from the outside of a building, a different land use, or a change in land-use intensity (e.g., enlarging a business).

This change intends to streamline some permit applications, resulting in fewer permits required by local businesses when making straightforward and non-land-use-based changes.