Timely news and industry updates from the past 30 days. 

July 08, 2020

CBC: Highlights of Bill Morneau's 2020 fiscal 'snapshot'

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has delivered an update on federal spending and economic projections linked to the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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

Maclean's: Industry leaders call for bold green recovery in open letter

'Now is the time to be courageous and bold. We encourage governments to lead a collaborative and bold economic recovery building on the strengths of our existing economy and talent to capture the growth markets of the future.'

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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 24, 2020

GOA: Levelling the playing field in local elections

The government has introduced Bill 29, the Local Authorities Election Amendment Act, which, if passed, will level the playing field for candidates and increase voter participation.

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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 17, 2020

CHBA National: Industry Status and Sentiment Survey

CHBA National would like to invite its members to complete the following survey. The survey will help us better understand how the recently announced government initiatives have been received and how we can ensure our members are eligible and able to apply.

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June 05, 2020

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Roadmap to Recovery

In the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic, it is difficult for Canadians, their families, businesses and governments to look beyond confronting the immediate effects of COVID-19. However, even as Canadians continue supporting each other today, we must also begin looking over the horizon to the post-COVID-19 world to start planning how our country and economy can emerge stronger.

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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 27, 2020

BILD Alberta Webinar: $1.7 Billion to Clean Up Oil And Gas Wellsites

Trace Associates is hosting a 30 min webinar June 11 on how the federal government will support the cleanup of inactive oil & gas wells. Presenters will discuss what we know, what we don’t, and how it could affect developers & landowners.

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May 25, 2020

GOA: New tool available for commercial rent feedback

The Alberta government is listening to entrepreneurs and landlords to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep businesses open and Albertans working.

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May 25, 2020

CHBA-ER Webinar: Market Update with Urban Analytics - June 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

Join CHBA-ER on June 11 as Urban Analytics gives a market update on the Edmonton and Calgary Multi-family and Purpose-built Rental Market.

The presentation will include recent quarterly statistics and rental reports for the first quarter of 2020 as well as trends in the market, any incentives that stand out, overall sales and absorption rates, and anticipated market impacts of COVID-19.

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May 21, 2020

Announcing the 2020 CHBA-ER Awards of Excellence in Housing Winners!

Trophy Pick-up:

Are you an Awards of Excellence Winner? Drop by the CHBA-ER office on June 12 from 1 - 4 p.m. to claim your trophy. We will be set up outdoors but be sure to maintain physical distance if there is a line. See you on the 12th!

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May 20, 2020

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

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May 20, 2020

Outdoor Patio and Retail Spaces

Effective May 19 and until the end of 2020, rules around patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail expansion are relaxed. This will support businesses by helping them increase maximum capacity while following public health restrictions and provincial guidelines, adding to the vibrancy of our city this summer.

 

New City guidelines developed for temporary outdoor patios, sidewalk cafes and retail expansions focus on safety and shared accountability while reducing administrative requirements. 

  • Businesses can register online to open new temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail space by agreeing to follow the new guidelines.

  • This is done through a simple, no-fee form available at edmonton.ca/temporarypatios

  • Once the online form is completed, businesses will be able to open the new and expanded patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail space immediately. Businesses will not be required to wait for approval, but must follow the City’s guidelines at all times.

May 20, 2020

City of Edmonton – Board Directors, Innovate Edmonton

Innovate Edmonton is a new, non-profit organization with the primary purpose of championing innovation in Edmonton to drive a diverse, resilient, and creative economy in the city. 

The City of Edmonton is seeking to establish a Board for this entity. Board members will serve as ambassadors for the city’s innovation ecosystem and contribute to the strategic direction of the organization. 

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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.

May 07, 2020

Financial Post: ‘Don’t underestimate how fast things may come back:’ Housing sector seen rebounding by year's end

Technology, Technology, technology will be new catchphrase of real estate's recovery, says Peter Norman, vice president and chief economist at Altus Group.

April 30, 2020

GOA: Alberta’s safely staged COVID-19 relaunch

A phased relaunch will put Albertans’ safety first as we gradually reopen closed businesses and services and get people back to work.

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 23, 2020

2019 UDI-ER Year in Review

Please click below for the 2019 UDI-ER Year in Review.

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

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February 10, 2020

City of Edmonton Organizational Structure Chart

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

January 17, 2020

2020 UDI-ER Business Plan

The 2020 Annual Business Plan (the Plan) flows from the UDI-Edmonton Region (UDI-ER) Board’s 2018-20 Strategic Plan and is an integrated element of its overarching strategy to address various business needs, opportunities and challenges.

Fundamental Role

UDI Edmonton Region is a key voice in shaping public policy and regulation for sustainable growth in Edmonton Metro.

Mission - Why we exist.

To be the advocate for the land development industry in the Edmonton Metro Region. In accordance with our affiliated organizations, UDI-ER is dedicated to “Building Communities Together” by promoting wise, efficient and productive urban growth.

Vision - What we aspire to.

To be the champion for the land development industry in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

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