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Friday, August 19, 2016
Read BC's Climate Leadership Plan below.  A full list of steps are outlined in the doucment. Here are a few key steps:  Expanding support for zero emission vehicle charging stations in buildings Identifying tools to focus growth near transit...
Thursday, August 18, 2016
The City of Burnaby is embarking on a community planning process to update the Metrotown Development Plan. The first phase of this process is to obtain public input on the preliminary vision, principles, and land use framework and will take place from...
Friday, August 12, 2016
Metro Vancouver acts as the local government for Electoral Area A, providing certain key services. For communities on the Howe Sound mainland, Barnston Island, northern Indian Arm and west side of Pitt Lake, Metro Vancouver is responsible for local land...
Friday, August 12, 2016
Register today for Building Smart with Thermal Comfort, Solar Control and Passive Cooling webinar, Thursday, August 25, 2016.   Residential building expert Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.) presents principles to achieving optimal thermal comfort in...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The Urban Development Institute has 2 exciting full time positions available at our downtown Vancouver office. Click the links below for job descriptions.  Communications ManagerMember Relations   Extended Applications deadline: ...
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
BCBEC presents a compelling 2016 Annual Conference and AGM. This one-day symposium is an industry-wide platform for networking, knowledge exchange and thought-provoking conversation.    Register before...
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
We have an exciting lineup of seminars, including: Bullet-Proofing Your Business: Key Topics & Concerns for Business Owners and Independent ContractorsStrategic PlanningProposal WritingMicrosoft Excel and OneNote for the Building/Construction...
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The Superintendent of Real Estate is warning developers that under newly introduced Property Transfer Tax legislation they would face significant fines and/or imprisonment if they provide incorrect information intended to avoid the tax changes. The...
Friday, July 29, 2016
Below is a roundup of this week's news regarding the new additional 15% Property Transfer Tax for foreign buyers. BC Government News ReleaseUDI Letter to Premier ClarkUDI Media release UDI in the News: Property Transfer Tax: ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Some developers are claiming that the city of Vancouver's backlog of development permits has gotten so bad, they are waiting years for approval. "These are good rules, we make no apology for them."-  Geoff Meggs, city councillor Keith Roy, a home...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Topics discussed: How the new additional 15% PTT tax for foreign buyers might mpact the real estate market Municipal red tap slowing development approvals, delaying supply, and hurting housing affordability Listen here: http://cirh.streamon.fm/...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Complex permitting rules are holding up 69,500 housing units in a half-dozen Metro Vancouver cities, homes that the development industry says would help alleviate the region’s housing crunch. “It’s a bureaucratic quagmire. Municipalities must reduce...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Yesterday the Provincial Government announced of a large tax on foreign buyers of residential real estate While we understand why the government has decided to take this approach, we do have concerns about unintended consequences.   The industry’s...
Monday, July 25, 2016
Today the provincial government announced that effective August 2nd 2016 an additional 15% Property Transfer Tax (PTT) will apply for purchasers of Metro Vancouver residential real estate who are foreign nationals or foreign-controlled corporations....
Friday, July 22, 2016
The Canadian Property Tax Association is holding its 50th Annual National Workshop in Vancouver this year.    Final Registration Deadline: August 26th.    The optional pre-Workshop golf tournament will be on Sunday, September 25th,...
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The Administrative Report dated July 11, 2016, will be considered by Vancouver City Council at its meeting on:       DATE: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 TIME: 9:30 am PLACE: Council Chamber Third Floor, City Hall   The agenda for the meeting...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Alarmed by double digit increases in house prices in Vancouver (+29.6% y/y) and Toronto (+14.9%), which have sidelined a large number of first time home buyers, a number of politicians and senior bank executives are once again calling on the federal...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Vancouver city planners have unveiled a new strategy to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from new constructions by 2030. "The Zero Emissions New Buildings is really the highest priority and the first most significant action towards our...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Today, the Zero Emissions Building Plan (ZEBP) is being presented to council. The ZEBP targets “to reduce emissions from new buildings by 90% as compared to 2007 by 2025 and to achieve zero emissions for all new buildings by 2030 including intermediary...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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