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TrueNorth77 12 points ago +12 / -0

I'm a homebuilder in BC. This is only half the story. Shortages of materials have been a major issue as well. Another massive issue is the Regional Districts ever increasing code requirements and the overpriced materials and extra labour involved with conforming to them. This process is widely assumed by many of us in the business to be fraught with nepotism, as a material manufacturer can quite easily offer a kickback for a code to be amended to include the need for say, a layer of exterior insulation. It can also be designed to price people completely out of considering to build a home. To expunge Radon gas from underneath a basement slab for example, one used to require a layer of small rock, a layer of poly (plastic) and a 2" pipe exhausting through the roof. Now you need a length of 4" pipe stretching the length of the sub slab area, with inline fans installed and exhausted through the roof. May not sound like much, but you have to bring in a plumber at $100/hr to do 3-4 hours more work than previously needed. They don't want people building new homes. It's almost embarrassing having to quote jobs with the astronomical number you hand them. Occasionally you can see dreams crushed in their eyes just by sliding the quote across the table. I'm considering my exit strategy because I really don't want to do it anymore.

woodenboatguy [S] 8 points ago +8 / -0 (edited)

Local politics story here: there was this little corner store / upstairs apartment, nearby. Been there decades and showing its age.

One day it's sold!

The days, months, years go by as renovations seem to be taking for ever. Signs in the window of some upscale coffee experience about to open come and go. Apartments for rent signs come and go regarding the upstairs.

Eventually it looks like it is back to being nearly abandoned, yet nicer.

This is years, recall, in the making.

So I am talking with the local, provincial pol. What the hell is going on at that corner says I.

Ah. Blame the city. They 'coded it to death'.


The building department simply kept them running in circles as they kept slapping endless orders on the repair, renovation, and commercial reclassification of the little two story.

And it was already a convenience store, now destined for being a coffee shop. BIIIIIG change eh?

The little guy that invested everything into making it an order of magnitude better, went bankrupt trying to comply.

The city never meant it to ever succeed.

I can't wait to find out who gets it for pennies on the dollar.

stepping_razor123 9 points ago +9 / -0

Reminds me of the “downtown” area in my little village (pop 1,500). Been seeing this for nearly a decade. Your explanation seems likely.

I also noticed how it takes them all spring, summer and fall to repave about 5km total distance of highway nowadays too. See from time to time worked stopped and these little feminist bitches in hard hats holding clipboards talking to the men and pointing at things.

What a racket. How did my grandparents and great grandparents generation manage to build big dams and build highways across entire nations?

woodenboatguy [S] 5 points ago +5 / -0

Watched a bridge over the 401 get "renovated" once, as I had to drive over it daily, until I just gave up and went the long 'way around.

Years. And it sat unmoving, no activity, for months at a time with heavy equipment just perched there, over the 401. I wonder how much we paid for that.

CocaineRimJob 6 points ago +6 / -0

If its anything like infrastructure in BC there are 80 different levels of design-by-committee and woke diverse inclusionary bs on top combined with 6 different levels of actual construction management.

Cuz ya know...every worker needs 10 chiefs and a pow wow to turn on a backhoe and dig

TrueNorth77 6 points ago +6 / -0

This is all too common. It's also prevalent around every corner (the nepotism). My money is on a brother-in-law or cousin scooping it up, jumping no hurdles to renovate, and turning a tidy profit for himself and a stuffed envelope to the inspector.

beerandoil 4 points ago +4 / -0

This reminds me of my father about 10 years ago when he was doing infill housing. It took him a year to get a building permit. They city was refusing because of the setback (distance between sidewalk and house). The allowable setback is based on the houses on each side, the idea being that all the houses on the block should be similar distance to the sidewalk. Well this was on a corner, so the setback was based solely on the house on the other side. These where the last 2 houses on the block to be redeveloped for infill. Because of this old house, he had to limit the size of his infill, loosing about 8 feet to the curb, and about 250 square feet on each side of the duplex. A couple years later, the last house was knocked over, and it could come much closer to the curb, they got the extra square footage and better profit margin.

KirbyMorph 6 points ago +6 / -0

Just need to go to grocery store if you want to see sticker shock. Packages half the size and twice the price for almost all food.