NEWS

Timely news and industry updates from the past 30 days. 

September 24, 2020

Canadian Home Builders’ Association Policy Recommendations Post COVID-19

GETTING BUILDING: An Action Plan For Economic Recovery in Residential Construction

September 21, 2020

System Outage for Servicing Agreements, Engineering Drawing, CCC, and FAC’s

On September 24th at 5:00 PM MST the City of Edmonton will be performing an upgrade to the ePlan and Servicing Agreements (previously referred to as eServices) applications.  They anticipate this outage lasting from 5:00 PM MST September 24, 2020, until 8:00 AM MST September 28, 2020.

 

Details about the upgrade:

This upgrade is a two-part upgrade. In the first part of the upgrade, we will be moving to a new hardware infrastructure and a newer version of ePlan, including updated workflows for both the Engineering Review and Redline Review.  This will allow you to take advantage of newer technology and added functionality. The second part of the upgrade is to come later in 2020.  The second part will include updated workflows for the CCC-FAC Review, Inspection Document Review, and Service Agreement Review.

 

During this outage window, the ePlan and Servicing Agreements applications will be inaccessible.

 

As a result of the outage we will extend the deadline for drawings to be uploaded for the Pre-Circulation meeting by one business day to noon, Monday, September 28, with the Pre-circulation meeting also being moved back one business day to Thursday, October 1.

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions or issues please contact me.

Thank you,

 

Neal Upshall P. Eng.

GENERAL SUPERVISOR

SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION

URBAN FORM AND CORPORATE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT  |  DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

 

780-496-3927  OFFICE

September 15, 2020

City Plan Media Report

Please click below for the recent media report regarding UDI-ER's recent publication Building our City Together: UDI Edmonton's Commentary on the Draft City Plan.

September 11, 2020

CHBA National: Lumber Shortages Impacting Canada’s Residential Construction Sector and Housing Affordability

A letter from CHBA National to The Honourable Mary Ng, P.C., M.P. Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, The Honourable Navdeep Bains, P.C., M.P. Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P. Minister of Natural Resources. 

September 10, 2020

Building Our City Together: UDI-ER's Commentary on the City Plan

In anticipation of the City of Edmonton's adoption of a new Municipal Development Plan, the City Plan, UDI-ER has produced a publication titled Building Our City Together detailing our commentary on the plan.

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September 04, 2020

Edmonton Journal: Former Edmonton city councillor and recreation advocate Bryan Anderson dies at 78

Long-time Edmonton city councillor Bryan Anderson, who championed the growth of sports and recreation in the city, has died at 78.

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September 02, 2020

Edmonton Journal: Edmonton housing market in 2020 a ‘pleasant surprise’ for buyers and sellers, says monthly report

Edmonton’s housing market showed a big jump in August compared to last year but appeared to struggle month-to-month when compared to July.

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September 02, 2020

St. Albert Today: St. Albert considers new way of spurring development

Land development is a very cash-intensive process, and surety bonds allow developers to finance the project in a different way without coming up against borrowing limits.

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September 01, 2020

BILD Alberta Advocacy Priorities

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August 27, 2020

GOA: COVID-19 and oil price collapse crush province with historic deficit

The first quarter report for 2020-21 forecasts Alberta’s deficit at $24.2 billion after the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price crash.

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July 03, 2020

City of Edmonton: First phase of Development Bonds 2.0 set to launch

In order to remove barriers for business owners and provide developers with financial flexibility, the City of Edmonton is now accepting development bonds for select existing servicing agreements. 

 

The City began accepting development bonds in lieu of a letter of credit or cash security for new service agreements in April of this year. Now, with Development Bonds 2.0, the City has extended the development bonds program to include existing service agreements.

 

Starting July 2, 2020, Developers who meet the following criteria will be eligible to replace existing security with development bonds:
 

·         Existing security of $1 million dollars or more

·         Current servicing agreements executed after January 1, 2014

 

The City will contact eligible developers while developing the next phase of the program, which will scale roll out to the remaining 500+ agreements. An initial fee of $500 per project will be required for this service; however, the fee amount will be reviewed as the program progresses and may be adjusted to reflect the service cost. 

 

As stewards of the public interest, the City will complete this work as quickly and as efficiently as responsibly possible.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the development engineer for your file directly or email development.coordination@edmonton.ca.

June 29, 2020

John Rose

From all of us at UDI-ER, we are deeply saddened to hear the news that City of Edmonton Chief Economist John Rose has passed away. Our condolences and thoughts are with John's family.

June 25, 2020

City Plan Q&A

The City of Edmonton has provided answers to the questions that were asked during the June 11th Webinar regarding the City Plan.

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June 19, 2020

Edmonton Journal: Alberta to give municipalities $200-million in grant funding for infrastructure projects

Alberta will give municipalities $200-million in grant funding for infrastructure projects, which are expected to create nearly 1,800 jobs.

June 03, 2020

Industry Association Letter to the PM of Canada

UDI-ER, along with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP Edmonton, and BOMA Edmonton have written a joint letter of support 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.

June 03, 2020

Industry Association Letter to the Premier of Alberta

UDI-ER, along with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP Edmonton, and BOMA Edmonton have written a joint letter of support 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.

May 20, 2020

City of Edmonton - Development Inspections 2020 Season Covid-19 Inspection Protocol

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May 08, 2020

Development Inspections and Field Activities Update

Please click below for an update on FAC & CCC Inspections for EPCOR.

April 13, 2020

City of Edmonton is Now Accepting Development Bonds for Servicing Agreements (1 of 2)

Effective immediately, the City of Edmonton is now accepting development bonds for all new servicing agreements for the 2020 construction season.

 

This will allow developers another option for security, as the City previously only accepted irrevocable letters of credit issued by a bank, or cash security.

 

To apply for a development bond for your new servicing agreement, please:

  • review the updated guidelines for establishing security in servicing agreements, and

  • complete, scan and email the attached development bond application form to the development engineer for your servicing agreement file.

 

Existing Servicing Agreements:

 

The COVID-19 situation presents an unpredictable and unique scenario and the City is working hard to find ways to help businesses and developers navigate this challenging situation. The City is exploring options for allowing letters of credit for existing servicing agreements to be converted to development bonds and will provide further information when it is available. We hope that this will help provide some economic support and make it easier to do business in Edmonton during this difficult time.

The information provided above is current as of April 7, 2020. All is subject to change given the evolving COVID-19 situation. We will keep you informed of any further changes as they occur.

If you have any questions, please contact the development engineer for your file directly or email development.coordination@edmonton.ca.

Please click below to review the updated guidelines for establishing security in servicing agreements.

April 13, 2020

Development Bond Application Form (2 of 2)

Please click below to access the development bond application form.

March 20, 2020

2020 ARA Rates

From COE:

Please see the attached updated 2020 ARA Rate Card

March 12, 2020

2020 Inspection Fees

From the City of Edmonton

The inspection fees collected through servicing agreements have been adjusted for 2020. Based on the Edmonton Consumer Price Index, the percent variation between December 2019 and December 2018 was +2.28%, and as a result, the rates for 2020 are as follows:

 

Subdivision &
Development        $ 2,302.00 /ha  
Coordination

Drainage             $ 1,627.00 /ha

EPCOR Water       $ 833.00 /ha

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Total                   $ 4,762.00 /ha

 

The minimum 3.0 hectare charge is still applicable, and the rates are effective March 12, 2020.

 

Please note, the ARA Administration Fee has also been adjusted by 2.28% from $ 2,111.00 + GST per agreement to $ 2,159.00 + GST

City of Edmonton

SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION

URBAN FORM AND CORPORATE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT  |  DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

February 10, 2020

City of Edmonton Organizational Structure Chart

City of Edmonton Organizational Structure Chart as of February 4, 2020.

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