VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 22, 2015) - On Tuesday, June 23, amid increasing concerns about housing affordability in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Institute will release its first ever survey of Metro Vancouver homebuilders.

New Homes and Red Tape in BC's Lower Mainland, compares and ranks jurisdictions across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley on several categories of red tape (construction approval times, timeline uncertainty, regulatory costs and fees, rezoning prevalence and the effect council and community groups have on development) based on the experiences and opinions of industry professionals.

The survey is part of a broader effort to understand the effects of land-use regulation on Canadian housing markets.

A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwired on Tuesday, June 23 at 5:30 a.m. (Pacific).

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Aanand Radia, Media Relations Specialist, Fraser Institute
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