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June 17, 2024 at 3:45 pm  Politics, Provincial

ALERT BAY – BC NDP MLA Michele Babchuk says that new homes will be approved faster in Mount Waddington Regional District thanks to a grant for the local government to create a more efficient development approvals process.

“This initiative marks a significant step forward in addressing housing needs across rural British Columbia,” says Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. “With grants enabling local governments to enhance their development approval processes, we are paving the way for more efficient and faster delivery of homes.”

Mount Waddington Regional District received a grant of $150,000.00 as part of the Local Government Development Approvals Program (LGPAD).

The program encourages local governments to explore innovative approaches to improve development approval processes, from the pre-application phase to the issuance of the building permit.

This year the New Democrat government is providing approximately $4.4 million for 37 local governments around B.C. to participate in this program through UBCM.

This is the second intake for LGPAD, an application-based grant fund administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. To date, this program has provided approximately $19 million to help local governments implement best practices and test innovative approaches to improve development approval processes while meeting planning and policy objectives.

The program will support the government’s Homes for People action plan to unlock more homes, faster.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/31091

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