City Charters provide broad authorities to Calgary and Edmonton on various policy areas that impact housing and development, including: off-site levies, inclusionary housing, building code authorities and environmental powers. Policies can vary between the two municipalities and it is already impacting the future investment decisions of builders and developers. BILD Alberta is continuously engaging municipalities and the Government of Alberta on this issue and monitoring the topic nationally.
Members continue to express concerns over a belief from municipalities that City Charters provide them with expansive powers and authorities to make modifications to the Alberta Building Code on matters related to the environment. Builders construct homes in multiple jurisdictions and having to contend with multiple building codes is an untenable situation that discourages further…Read More
Inclusionary housing is not a cost-effective policy and shifts the burden of social housing onto private industry and new home buyers. It effectively creates a tax on housing to pay for housing, pushing more households out of market housing. Although inclusionary housing has yet to be implemented in Calgary and Edmonton, the clauses within the…Read More
As an industry, we support paying our fair share of cost-conscience infrastructure based on the degree of benefit. This support is not absolute and requires significant transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility from municipal partners. Calgary and Edmonton can charge all new developments for infrastructure and facilities that are not within proximity and serve no benefit.…Read More