City initiates business application project

The fee for applications will be reduced $200 from $500 to $300

The City of Vernon is fine-tuning its development application process.

What began Monday was a pilot project where new forms for all development applications were introduced.

And, during the pilot project, which runs until April 26, the fee for applications will be reduced $200 from $500 to $300.

“We are very pleased to introduce a new development applications permitting process which replaces the current application forms for all development,” said Kim Flick, the city’s director of community development.

“We’ll do this test pilot project with the new application form to make sure we got it right before it actually replaces the current process.”

To encourage participation in the pilot project, the city is offering the $200 discount for application fees for rezoning, development variance permits and major development permits.

Flick said there is now a series of new forms and paperwork that correspond with the different development in the city, and the new application process serves to expedite development applications that come within the city centre and neighbourhood districts.

“It’s a move towards one-stop shopping for development services,” said Flick of the pilot project. “Part of that process includes the relocation of planning, building, business licensing, bylaw and engineering departments into the community services building which is the former library.”

Those who take part in the new application can also take a survey, which the city would appreciate.

“It’s a chance for the development community to let us know if we’re on the right track or does it need to be fine-tuned or amended before we change our existing application process,” said Flick.

The forms are at www.vernon.ca/permitpilot.

An information session will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in council chambers at city hall.