July 29, 2020


UDI-ER Members,


I hope you are enjoying the summer and able to take advantage of the recent warm weather. I would like to briefly advise you of the latest developments arising from the association.


City Plan


The City of Edmonton's City Plan is scheduled to go to a City Council Public Hearing in September. As a key stakeholder, UDI-ER has been actively and continuously working with City administration on this important file. As City Builders, the City Plan is a critical document that sets the vision for the City - please stay tuned for further information on our advocacy on this.


Letter from Minister of Municipal Affairs, Kaycee Madu


On June 3, UDI-ER, along with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP Edmonton, and BOMA Edmonton submitted a joint letter of support addressed to Premier Kenney asking the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada to work together to support the City of Edmonton as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. On July 27, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Kayce Madu sent the following letter in response.


Surety Bonds


In order to remove barriers for business owners and provide developers with financial flexibility, the City of Edmonton has recently begun accepting development bonds for select servicing agreements. We are now continuing to work with the surrounding municipalities in Edmonton Metro regarding potential implementation of development bonds. The issue is slated to go to St. Albert Council in the fall and is being actively discussed within the administration of Strathcona County.


Upcoming Events


There are still a few remaining spots left for the UDI-ER Golf Event on Tuesday, August 11 at the Links Golf Course in Spruce Grove. If you would like to register, please click here.


Additionally, we will be hosting a UDI-ER Luncheon on Monday, August 31, at the Derrick Club with Guest Speaker Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction, Grant Hunter. To register, please click here. As per the Government of Alberta's health regulations, attendance in person is limited to a maximum of 50 people - however if you are unable to attend in person, Minister Hunter's presentation will be live streamed at 12:30 pm. If you would like to register for the live stream, please click here.


Research & Policy Quarterly Newsletter


On July 16, 2020, UDI-ER sent out the Research & Policy Quarterly Newsletter for Q2, 2020. This newsletter provides Members with a collection of relevant and timely research & policy items on a quarterly basis.


Enjoy the remainder of your summer and we hope to see you soon (either in person or virtually) at one of our upcoming events.





Mike Kohl

Chair, UDI-Edmonton Region

Chair- Mike Kohl

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