Edmonton’s city hall is struggling to keep up with the high demand for building approvals according to the mayor. 

The issue surrounds technical information relating to infrastructure changes caused by development projects and Mayor Don Iveson says that there has been an unprecedented level of applications.

So far this year technical drawings have been submitted for approval on 235 projects totalling 9,600 units; well above the 7,800 annual average. 

The delays in approving drawings add additional costs for developers although the timescale has come down in recent years. In 2012 it took an average of 305 days for approval, it’s now 160 and the target is 100 days.

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