Nine Island communities receive grants to streamline housing approvals

Nine Island communities receive grants to streamline housing approvals
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The province will be doling out over $1.2 million in grants to nine Island communities to help develop processes to streamline housing approvals.

Across the province, 38 communities will receive grants, nine of which are on Vancouver Island.

The grants are being given out through the Local Government Development Approvals Program, which was created to help local governments implement practices and develop policies to speed up the delivery of homes.

“We’re leaving no stone unturned in our work to deliver more homes for people, faster,” said Ravi Kahlon, minister of housing. “The Local Government Development Approvals Program was created so that local governments can improve the internal processes and development approvals, so that we can speed up the delivery of homes for people living and working in B.C.”

On Vancouver Island, there are seven municipalities and two regional districts receiving the grants to streamline housing approvals. Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, Nanaimo, North Cowichan, Oak Bay, Port Alberni and the Alberni-Clayoquot and Mount Waddington regional districts will receive between $100,000 and $150,000 each.

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“Our province continues to grow with more people than ever before choosing to call B.C. home,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “We’re continuing to support local governments’ ability to move forward with housing, and this grant funding will help new homes get built faster and more efficiently throughout the province for many years to come.”

Mount Waddington was one of four examples the government gave of projects that received funding. The regional district is developing a pre-application process so applicants are aware of the varying requirements needed for applications, according to the province.

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