Provincial Priorities

As part of UDI Alberta’s 2016 Operating Plan, our current provincial priorities demonstrate our commitment to working with government and other stakeholders to ensure that every Albertan has an opportunity to own a home.

Here are the 2016 Provincial Priorities:

MGA Legislation
In spring 2016, the government will table new MGA legislation. Following the spring legislative session, government will embark on public consultation across Alberta regarding the legislation. It is then expected that the new MGA will be finalized and enabled in fall 2016.

UDI Alberta activities on this file include:

  • continued efforts to advise and influence government on the legislation
  • applied pressure to Municipal Affairs regarding consultation and consideration of unintended consequences
  • rollout of a public-facing communications/social media plan
  • UDI chapter and member engagement and education
  • participation in post-legislation introduction stakeholder meetings with government
  • preparation of official UDI Alberta response to the legislation

Housing Affordability
The issue of housing affordability encompasses everything we do. In 2016, the cost of owning a home in Alberta will be a high profile topic as the new NDP government works to win over Albertans with policies that address this issue.

UDI Alberta activities on this file include:

  • creation of a sub-committee charged with developing and executing a strategic plan aimed at offering government solutions, partnering with government, communicating to the public, and ensuring that UDI Alberta is a major stakeholder as this issue unfolds
  • UDI chapter and member engagement and education

Infrastructure/Transportation
2016 will see the start of a 5-year, $34.0 billion infrastructure investment plan by the government. Schools, roads and bridges, and health facilities and equipment have all been identified as infrastructure priorities.

UDI Alberta activities on this file include:

  • proactive communication and engagement with government departments to
    understand how the money will be used and identify ways that land developers can be involved in
  • creation of a sub-committee charged with developing and executing a strategic plan aimed at offering government solutions, partnering with stakeholders and government, communicating to the public, and ensuring that UDI Alberta is a major stakeholder as this issue unfolds
  • UDI chapter and member engagement and education

Inclusionary Zoning
Inclusionary zoning or inclusionary housing will be a hot-button issue in 2016. UDI Alberta believes that the new NDP government will push for inclusionary zoning as a tool given to municipalities.

UDI Alberta activities on this file include:

  • creation of a sub-committee charged with developing and executing a
    strategic plan aimed at offering government solutions, educating and partnering with government, partnering with other stakeholders communicating to the public, and ensuring that UDI Alberta is a major stakeholder as this issue unfolds

UDI chapter and member engagement and education

Wetlands
In summer 2014, the government announced its new Wetland Policy. Since that time, UDI Alberta has worked intimately with the government regarding the structure and rollout of that policy. As 2016 begins, the policy continues to be phased in.
Although our success working with the government and as a major stakeholder in the development of the policy can be considered a win, there is still much work to be done.

UDI Alberta activities on this file include:

  • continued engagement and communication with government to implement the policy and ensure member feedback is received and understood
  • tracking and measuring member experience with respect to working with in the new wetland policy
  • UDI chapter and member engagement and education

In addition to the above, UDI Alberta is dedicated to advancing our positions with respect to climate change initiatives, shallow utilities, and water reuse.