June 26, 2020
UDI-ER Members, as we head into the summer months and continue to navigate through this unique and challenging time, I would like to share some recent updates from UDI - Edmonton Region.
Due to delays in regularly scheduled Committee and Council meetings at the City of Edmonton, Administration is no longer planning to take an off-site levy bylaw forward to Council this fall; instead, the bylaw will likely go to Council sometime next year. UDI-ER will continue to work closely with the City on this extremely important issue, with the next meeting tentatively scheduled for September, 2020.
City Plan Webinar Q&A
On June 11th, UDI-ER hosted a webinar on the proposed City Plan (please click here if you would like to view the webinar). As there were more questions than time allotted for during the webinar, the City of Edmonton has now responded to all participant questions. To access the Q&A, please click here.
I would like to thank Kalen Anderson and her team for both participating in the Webinar on June 11th and for providing us comprehensive responses to the participant questions.
UDI-ER Webinar with BILD Alberta
On June 25th, UDI-ER hosted a webinar with BILD Alberta Chair Patrick Shaver and Executive Director Scott Fash. Patrick and Scott provided an informative update on the activities that the association has been pursuing, particularly during the last few months. A number of important initiatives were discussed, including a letter sent to Premier Kenney on May 20th, which provided recommendations and opportunities for areas where the government could work with BILD Alberta to help incentivize new investment and job creation in the development industry. On behalf of the Government of Alberta, Kaycee Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs, replied acknowledging the importance of pursuing "shovel ready" infrastructure projects to help mitigate current economic challenges and affirming that the government will be reviewing the Municipal Government Act as part of the Red Tape Reduction Initiative.
I would like to sincerely thank both Patrick and Scott along with all of the attendees for taking the time to participate in another successful UDI-ER webinar. In lieu of our luncheons, we hope that you are finding value in these online events.
Chair, UDI-Edmonton Region