UDI Alberta Responds to Bill 21 – Modernized MGA

UDI ALBERTA RESPONDS TO AMENDMENTS PROPOSED UNDER BILL 21 – THE MODERNIZED MGA For nearly four years, UDI Alberta has worked closely with the provincial government to review the Municipal Government Act and to recommend thoughtful, fair, and measured amendments to ensure that housing remains affordable and to ensure that Alberta remains a competitive place to…

The New MGA

On Tuesday, May 31, the government tabled the Revitalized Municipal Government Act (MGA) or Bill 21.  The Bill, which is more than 500+ pages, addresses concerns and stakeholder recommendations heard by government over the past three years. There are three broad policy questions that are specifically address in the new legislation: How are municipalities empowered…

New UDI Alberta President

Congratulations to new UDI Alberta President, Peter Cavanagh. In his role as President, Peter will work with UDI Alberta staff and the Board of Directors to plan and deliver the organization’s strategic and operating plan.  Peter also serves on the UDI Alberta MGA Committee and GR Committee. As Vice-President, Edmonton Land Development Division for United Communities,…

New MGA Legislation is Coming Soon!

NEW MGA LEGISLATION IS COMING SOON In late May 2016, the Government of Alberta is expected to table new Municipal Government Act legislation.  A comprehensive review of the Act was conducted in 2014/2015 to ensure that modern, effective, and leading-edge legislation is in place for citizens municipalities, and businesses. Following the introduction of the legislation,…

UDI Friend and Generous Businessman, George Cantilini, Shows Character

The Edmonton Journal featured a great piece on UDI friend and generous businessman, George Cantilini. EDMONTON JOURNAL — When local businessman George Cantalini bought out the failed Glenora Skyline condo project in 2015, he discovered something unexpected. The Glenora Skyline Development Corp. had stopped construction in 2014 of the planned four-tower residential development. The company left…

BILL 202 – Alberta Affordable Housing Review Committee Act

Late last week the government introduced a bill addressing its concerns regarding housing affordability in Alberta. The Act, called the Alberta Affordable Housing Review Committee Act, or Bill 202, enables the creation of a committee consisting of no fewer than 3 members that will, “prepare and submit to the Minister a report on the accessibility…

Building a Strong Relationship with the Provincial Government

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for UDI Alberta. The Government of Alberta has several initiatives on the go that have direct impact on our members and how we do business. The review of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) is continuing and, while UDI Alberta has been very closely involved and has had…

Economic stimulus? Economic diversification? Yes please.

The province is in tough economic times as low world oil prices combined with pipeline politics are keeping our main natural resource from market. As you may know, the provincial government has also introduced an environmental strategy that seeks to move Alberta away from carbon-based fuels, particularly coal. Economic diversification is the goal, and the…

UDI Alberta Supports “Affordability Matters” Symposium

The Municipal Government Act is a vast is a piece of legislation that affects every aspect of the land development industry. Over the past three years, UDI Alberta’s main priority has been and continues to be providing the provincial government with reasoned and regular input to make sure changes to the MGA don’t unfairly hurt…

Alberta Mayors Want More Government Funding for Affordable Housing

EDMONTON JOURNAL — The need for affordable housing in Edmonton has risen as the economy dips. The demand could be filled if the province and federal government get their acts together, a panel discussion at the Canadian Home Builders Association’s Affordability Matters symposium heard Thursday.  Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson joined Fort Saskatchewan Mayor Gale Katchur and…

Economic Impact of the Land Development Industry

Alberta’s land development industry generates over $32.0 billion dollars in provincial economic benefit. As the fourth largest province in Canada, covering 661,000 square kilometres, Alberta is home to more than 4.1 million people.  For 14 straight fiscal quarters, Alberta has led all Canadian provinces in population growth. Every dollar spent on land development in Alberta circulates…

UDI Alberta Annual Conference

UDI Alberta Annual Conference Registration is now open! The UDI Alberta Annual Conference is an exciting and fun-filled event with over 200 attendees, professional educational panel sessions, networking opportunities, and more!  Our 2016 event will include renowned experts, breakout sessions, and fantastic speakers. This is our third year at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel …