District of Lake Country chops red tape

Council and staff take steps to make the development process easier

Lake Country officials say they are more development friendly.

The district has streamlined the application process and approval timelines for new development permits.

“Every municipality hears complaints from property owners and developers about the complicated and lengthy process involved in getting a development permit,” said Alberto De Feo, chief administrative officer.

“Processes and procedures are reviewed with the intent of cutting red tape and make things easier for the taxpayers, residents, businesses and potential investors.”

On Tuesday, council amended a bylaw so technical development permits not requiring variances can be issued by the director of planning and development or the CAO instead of them being issued by council.

“This allows the technical experts in planning and development to work with the applicant to move forward on straightforward development applications without the lengthy process of going back and forth to council meetings,” said De Feo.

Mayor James Baker says it’s important for the district to respond to the needs of the community and to  make it easier to do business in Lake Country.

“We know that staff is enthusiastic about the streamlined process and is looking forward to working on new building projects in Lake Country,” he said.

“These kinds of changes continue our concept that development must provide social, environmental and economic benefits to all parties.”