Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Development Questions
Does my property have development potential?
Prior to submitting a development application to the District of Mission, it is essential that you contact the Planning Division to inquire as to the property’s current zoning and Official Community Plan designation to ascertain if there is land development potential. Please be advised that this information will only be available either at the counter of the Planning Department or when requested by fax at 604-826-7951 or by email at email@example.com.
In order to ensure accuracy of the information provided it is important that you provide the civic address and any other pertinent information you have in respect to the subject property. After preliminary discussions with planning staff are complete; you may wish to pursue a Pre-Application Meeting with Planning Department staff. This Pre-Application Meeting is held biweekly to discuss and review proposed land development. A Pre-Application Review Meeting Form must be submitted online by the applicant, and include a proposed draft plan that outlines a brief summary of the proposal.
Through the Pre-Application Meeting process, applicants are provided with verbal feedback on their development proposal without having to submit a formal Application Form. In addition, the applicants are provided a written summary of District of Mission requirements for a formal Land Use Application. This will allow applicants to better understand development requirements and provide feedback from Planning, Engineering, Inspection Services, Parks and Recreation, RCMP (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) and Fire/Rescue Service Departments. The feedback provided from this meeting will give the applicant some insight into the feasibility and challenges of the development proposal and gain a clear understanding of the municipal staff’s position on a particular proposal. If you have any further questions in regards to land development potential, please call 604-820-3748 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is an Official Community Plan?
Click here for OCP mapping information.
What is Zoning?
When is Rezoning Necessary?
What is Subdivision?
Subdivision and development of land in Mission is regulated by Development and Subdivision Control Bylaw 5650-2017.
Why you need to obtain the District’s Approval for Subdivision?
For further details on application processes, such as application form, fees, development cost charges, required information, please refer to the LAN.41 Guide To Land Development.
What is a Development Permit?
The majority of Development Permit’s are used to evaluate the proposed design of new multi-unit residential, commercial and industrial developments and their related parking areas, landscaping and signage. Development Permit’s are in addition to normal zoning, servicing, building and fire code regulations. They may supercede Zoning Bylaw requirements by setting terms and conditions that differ from or supplement those in the Zoning Bylaw. However, a Development Permit may not vary the permitted uses or densities of land use prescribed by existing zoning regulations.
A Development Permit for a proposed project is approved and issued when Council is satisfied that the project meets all guidelines and conditions for the Development Permit Area. A Development Permit is not a Building Permit. Development Permit approval must be obtained before a building permit can be obtained. You need to apply for a building permit before you can proceed to construction.
What is a Development Variance Permit?
- dimensions and siting of buildings and structures on land
- siting and design of off-street parking and loading facilities
- landscaping or screening
- works and services
- subdivision procedures
A Development Variance Permit may not vary the permitted uses or densities of land use prescribed by existing zoning regulations.