January 14, 2020
Welcome to 2020!
Over the past year we were able to accomplish some great things and with the help of our municipalities and industry members; we continue to work on forthcoming items this year.
This last quarter, UDI-ER and the City of Edmonton worked together in establishing Surety Bonds as an alternative option to letters of credit. We are still in the process of sending out detailed communications on this, though the bonds will be available as an option this construction year.
The land development industry continues to face increased costs due to taxes, increased regulations, etc. Combined with a slow economy, this situation is proving to be challenging. The UDI-ER Board reviewed its business plan for 2020 and decided to make a reduction to membership fees, which you will soon be seeing in your fees renewal notice.
Additionally, we published a 2020 Business Plan which will be released at our Thursday January 16 luncheon. You will also be able to locate the publication on our UDI-ER News Page on the website after the luncheon.
Within this 2020 Business Plan, we list our 2020 Priorities, including (but not limited to):The City Plan, Complete Streets, Biodiversity, Levies, and, The Regional Evaluation Framework (REF).
For example, specifically with the REF, the UDI-ER Planning Committee has been working on amending the REF and is working with the City of Edmonton to bring this to the EMRB to help alleviate timelines which will then lessen costs and improve efficiencies.
Also of note, we have moved the location of our monthly luncheons for 2020 to the Derrick Golf and Winter Club, as the Royal Glenora Club is currently undergoing extensive renovations.
We look forward to where 2020 is going to take us. Please continue to provide your feedback, and if you would like any additional information on the above, please contact the UDI-Edmonton Region office.