|1 Purpose of this policy|
|2 Guiding principles|
|3 Terms and conditions|
|5 Application information requirements|
|6 Compliance with City bylaws|
|7 Compliance with servicing standards and requirements|
1 To provide guidelines to applicants for the conversion to strata title of existing multi-family buildings. The guidelines are without prejudice to Council's power as approving authority to approve, or not approve, or to approve subject to terms and conditions as set out in section 242 of the Strata Property Act.
3 (1) Council will not normally give favourable consideration to applications for conversion of existing rental residential premises containing five or more dwelling units at any time when the apartment vacancy rate in the City of Abbotsford, as determined by Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC), is 2.0% or lower for a period of two successive CMHC rental surveys (one year), unless 75% of the building tenants desire and qualify to purchase a unit in the proposed strata titled building.
(2) Applicants shall develop a relocation plan that will, at a minimum, outline options available to tenants with respect to purchase options and relocation assistance. The applicant shall identify available market and non-market rental units within the Abbotsford market and provide that information to dislocated tenants.
(3) Applicants shall provide existing tenants with a right of first refusal to purchase prior to the applicant giving notice to tenants that they must vacate their unit. A right of first refusal means that tenants would have the first opportunity to purchase new units at fair market value based on an independent third party appraisal, less the customary commission payable by the developer at that time.
(4) Recognizing the impact strata conversions may have on the supply of affordable and/or rental housing in the City, applicants are encouraged to make a voluntary per-unit contribution to the City’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund at a rate based on a percentage (3%) of the average apartment value for sales in Abbotsford as established by Fraser Valley Real Estate Board monthly sales statistics.
4 (1) Within two weeks of the submission, the applicant will notify all affected tenants that an application for strata conversion has been submitted to the City. This notification is separate from any statutory notifications as per the Residential Tenancy Act.
(3) Any upgrading required by the Council to comply with Building Bylaw standards must be completed prior to final strata conversion approval.
(4) Applications for strata conversion shall include appropriate provision for landscaping and, in the case of multi-family residential conversions, adequate open space and common facilities, all of which shall be of such design, materials and construction as are not likely to result in undue maintenance costs. Where improvements are required by Council, they shall be completed prior to final strata conversion approval.
7 (1) Except where such upgrading has previously been provided for, services on highways abutting the lands shall be upgraded to comply with the provisions of the City of Abbotsford Development Bylaw. (Such upgrading shall be completed or bonding therefore provided, according to normal procedures. prior to final strata conversion approval).
(2) Where the City Engineer identifies the need for additional road right-of-way to facilitate future widening, a road dedication plan prepared by a BC Land Surveyor shall be provided prior to final strata conversion approval.