City Charters for Calgary and Edmonton were introduced in the fall of 2018 without industry consultation. The Charters provided new powers to the two cities related to offsite levies, inclusionary housing and the environment. This created a significant degree of unpredictability within our industry as it has the potential for nearly limitless policies, powers and costs associated with development, residential construction, project timelines and affordable housing. Some believe the Charter provides the two cities the ability to introduce new building code requirements as it relates to energy efficiency (potentially leading to multiple building codes in Alberta).
This remains of high priority for BILD Alberta and we are confident progress will be made on this file in the coming months as we work with government to rectify.