AIBC Response to Proposed VBBL Changes, Round 4

In anticipation of a 2013 re-issue,  the City of Vancouver invited industry stakeholders and the public to comment on proposed changes to the Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL). Most of the suggested revisions pertain to improvements in the areas of accessibility, safety and sustainability. A formal, detailed AIBC response, reflecting staff expertise as well as input from volunteer committee members, was crafted and has now been forwarded to the city. The AIBC submission expresses support for the city’s overall direction of promoting increased accessibility, adaptability, safety and public protection.However, it also identified concerns for proposed measures that are likely to have minimal impact while increasing housing costs. The institute also spoke out in support of greater choice rather than mandatory requirements. The AIBC’s cover letter for its submission, with overview, can be found here. To access the detailed AIBC comments, click here. If adopted by Vancouver City Council, it is expected the new bylaw will be enacted later this year.

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