Changes to Strata Property Act pave the way for strata redevelopm...

October 8, 2015

Final Update: The changes were made effective on July 29, 2016. Further Update: There were slight revisions made to Bill 40 at Third Reading.  It received Royal Assent on November 17, but for the most part is not yet in force. Commencement will be effected by regulation, which does not […]

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REDMA Regulations and Policy Statements Amended

September 12, 2014

As discussed in our previous article titled “Bill 17: New Amendments to REDMA”, the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (“REDMA“) was amended on May 29, 2014 by Bill 17. Following this amendment, both the regulations to REDMA and the policy statements promulgated under REDMA were amended. Amended Regulations Effective September […]

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Bill 17: New Amendments to REDMA

June 2, 2014

The real estate market in British Columbia has long been a driver of our province’s economy. Due in part to increases in real estate prices over the last several decades, investors and home–buyers alike have flocked to this market to purchase property. In an attempt to more heavily regulate the […]

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The Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy: The UDI Program

February 2, 2011

Peter Kenward, the Chair of Clark Wilson LLP’s Municipal and Environmental Law Groups, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Development Institute (Pacific Region), spoke yesterday to 250 people regarding the proposed Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy. The program, hosted by UDI, was attended by a […]

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Amendments to Strata Property Act affect Developers

November 24, 2009

December 10 update: sections 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 (b), 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20 to 24, 26, 28, 29, 32, 33 (b), 35 and 36 of the Strata Property Amendment Act have been brought into force. (SeeOrder in Council No. 707). Following consultation with industry organizations and law firms, […]

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Phased Development Agreements and the Future of Metro Vancouver

March 26, 2009

As a lawyer whose practice focuses on private sector dealings with government, I am constantly presented with examples of how the system that the Province has put in place for regulating land use and development impacts the community in which we live. In Metro Vancouver, the system has yielded substantial […]

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July 25, 2008

Because of the large dollar values involved in real estate transactions, and with the possibility that purchasers may attempt to pay substantial down payments in cash, the real estate industry has long been identified as being vulnerable to money laundering and, more recently, terrorist financing. Money laundering is a process […]

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Proposed Legislation Addresses Multi-Phased Developments

March 30, 2007

The Provincial government has announced an amendment to the Local Government Act which will permit a developer and a local government to enter into “phased development agreements”. Under such an agreement, a local government will agree that amendments to any zoning bylaws listed in the agreement will not apply to the development during the […]

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Archaeological Finds: BC’s Temple of Doom?

November 10, 2006

Real estate can lead to hair raising adventures, but no sane developer wants to be Indiana Jones. Discovering an interesting artifact in BC leads not to fame and riches, but to a statutory and regulatory world that starts with theHeritage Conservation Act. What is the Heritage Conservation Act? Despite the possibility […]

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Greater Vancouver’s Newest Parking Tax

November 17, 2005

The original version the below article was posted on on November 17, 2005. The following version was updated on December 8, 2005, following the adoption of three new bylaws regulating the parking tax at a Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Board meeting that day. In 1998, the provincial government passed […]

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