Infill Challenge & NEW RU7 ZONING

UPDATE: The process of redeveloping your RU7 property involves a number of important steps. At inhabit residential we specialize in managing all of these activities to help get your project started sooner while working to substantially reduce the risk of costly mistakes and delays.  We approach your project from the perspective of a developer: understanding the entire process with an emphasis on financial prudence.  

Here is the process we will manage on your behalf:

RU7 Development Steps

  1. Acquire property

    1. Take possession

    2. Manage tenants (if applicable) Residential Tenancy Act LINK HERE

  2. Survey Site by Licensed Land Surveyor

    1. Property pins and boundaries confirmed

    2. Geodetic elevation confirmed

  3. Begin Design Work (6 - 10 weeks) *can be fast tracked if using approved plans

    1. Budget $6,000 - $10,000 depending on detail & customization

  4. Secure Builder

    1. Interview builders

    2. Check builder references

  5. Order Hazardous Assessment (2 weeks)

  6. Apply for Demolition Permit (2 days)

  7. Contact Utility Providers - re: disconnection (Telus, Shaw, Fortis, BC Hydro, Fortis Gas, Water, Sewer)

  8. Hazardous Abatement/Removal

    1. Secure quotes & select contractor

    2. Proceed with work (2 - 6 weeks)

  9. Building Demolition (*may be same as hazardous contractor)

    1. Secure quotes & select contractor

    2. Proceed with work (2 weeks)

  10. Geotechnical engineer report

  11. Coordinate power with Fortis/BC Hydro

  12. Coordinate Telcomm with Telus & Shaw

  13. Coordinate Deep Servicing (Water & Sanitary) with City engineers (6 - 10 weeks) *doesn’t need to happen before starting building

  14. Submit plan set for Development Permit

    1. Form & Character (colors, styles, landscaping plan etc.)

    2. Fees to expect:

      1. Development Cost Charges: $45,000

      2. Building Permit Fee: $7,000

      3. Water & Sewer upgrades: $18,000

  15. Secure Requirements for Building Permit

    1. 2 sets of plans

    2. Site plan

    3. Building permit fee

    4. Owner’s authorization

    5. Owner’s acknowledgment

    6. Title certificate

    7. Roof truss layout

    8. Floor joist layout

    9. Solar panel conduit

    10. Radon gas conduit

    11. New addresses

    12. HPO Approvals (registration)

    13. Geotechnical report

    14. Structural engineering report

  16. Submit for Building Permit (3 - 4 weeks)

  17. Secure Building Permit



Infill housing – the addition of new housing units to existing neighbourhoods – represents an important part of Kelowna's overall strategy to combat the impacts of urban sprawl. By focusing growth in areas with existing infrastructure (e.g.: roads, schools, parks, transit, etc…), it is possible not only to mitigate the impacts of sprawl, but also to build resilient neighbourhoods with access to daily services, transit and a wider variety of housing types.

The Infill Challenge is an innovative competition (aka “challenge”) hosted by the City for the development of new designs for sensitive infill housing in select parts of Kelowna’s Urban Core Area. Winning projects are intended to act as catalysts, inspiring greater achievement in the design of infill housing, strengthening community and developer support along the way. 

The winning concepts of the Infill Challenge guided the design of the exciting new RU7 Zoning Bylaw being introduced in core urban Kelowna neighbourhoods (map here) . This new RU7 zoning will allow the development of up to four dwelling units on lots of .138 of an acre or more.  

Check out the Infill Challenge page on the City of Kelowna's website for more details. 


Winning Submission

click image to view the Inhabit Residential Kelowna City Council Presentation

click image to view the Inhabit Residential Kelowna City Council Presentation

Inhabit Residential is proud to announce our selection as the winning submission in the City of Kelowna Infill Challenge. 

On May 30th, 2016 we presented our submission to the Mayor and Council. Our presentation and other information on the Infill Challenge can be found HERE.