International Land Surveyors’ Week

June 17 kicked off International Land Surveyors’ Week in recognition of the important role land surveyors play to update property boundaries and prepare sites for construction by providing precise measurements, as well as helping to avoid legal disputes involving land titles and boundaries. J.E. Anderson’s commissioned BC Land Surveyors work closely with our team of civil engineers to provide a … [Read more...]

Land Surveyors’ Rights to Trespass

According to the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors, a British Columbia Land Surveyor (BCLS) is an individual commissioned under the Land Surveyors Act authorized to carry out legal surveys within British Columbia. Many British Columbia Provincial statutes specifically designate BCLS as the only people entitled to perform legal surveys of land. As part of carrying out their duties … [Read more...]

J.E. Anderson is a Proud Member of UDI Capital Region

J.E. Anderson & Associates is very proud of its lengthy affiliation with the Urban Development Institute (UDI) Capital Region, a non-profit industry association that plays an important role in advocating for the development industry on national, regional and local positions and issues with government. UDI focuses on three main areas: government relations, professional development and … [Read more...]

Newly Built Home Exemption on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island builders, engineers and surveyors alike are happy with the BC Government’s just announced Newly Built Home Exemption. As of February 17, 2016, any Canadian citizen or permanent resident purchasing a newly-built home priced up to $750,000 as a principal resident to live in for at least a full year may be exempt from the Property Transfer Tax – a savings of up to $13,000. Partial … [Read more...]

Wait! Did you remember to get a building permit?

Before starting that home renovation or addition project, make sure you check with your local municipality to confirm the type of building permit required. When making changes to one’s property – residential, commercial or industrial – it’s par for the course to take into consideration hiring skilled tradespeople to do a good job. But before proceeding with having the work done, you need a permit … [Read more...]

What My Business Needs to Know About Community Improvement Plans

Society prospers when people are engaged in civic life.  Like individuals, communities grow and evolve over time.  Neighborhoods can also experience periods of decline.  Economic stagnation, infrastructure disrepair and cultural atrophy are a few of the symptoms of a downtown that has seen better days. Community improvement plans are a fundamental part of municipal rebuilding efforts.  … [Read more...]

Learning Development Lessons from Portland

This spring Ross Tuck, P.Eng, one of our senior engineers and Urban Development Institute (UDI) board member, went on a working visit to Portland for a tour of that city's award-winning redevelopment of its South Waterfront area. With him as a one-on-one tour guide was Lew Bowers, Director of the Portland Development Commission. The planning process for their two-block Old Town district, multi-use … [Read more...]

Nanaimo Adopts New Zoning Bylaw

Zoning establishes the permitted use of land, buildings, and structures within the Municipality. Zoning guides the growth of the community in a systematic and orderly way, ensuring that use of land and structures develop in proper relationship to one another. Council adopted the most recent bylaw, Zoning Bylaw No. 4500, on August 8th, 2011 Please note: Zoning Bylaw 4500 is a very large … [Read more...]