The Urban Development Institute – Calgary is the voice of the development community in Calgary fostering important conversations about how our communities grow. UDI – Calgary members represent the vast majority of residential developers working throughout the City from reinvigorating Calgary’s established neighborhoods through infill development or creating sustainable new communities to meet the needs of our growing population.
UDI – Calgary and its members take very seriously our role in working to build a better Calgary. We work collaboratively with our strategic partners, The City of Calgary and most importantly Calgarians to build innovative, efficient and productive communities that are designed to meet the need of real Calgarians.
Our membership is diverse both in the communities they build and the roles they each play in the process. Our members employ thousands of employees that work as planners, engineers, architects, consultants, financial lenders, and real estate professionals as well as government and public agencies.
UDI Canada Post - Legal Opinion
UDI Alberta and CHBA Alberta jointly solicited a legal opinion from Ogilvie LLP with regard to the issue of Canada Post imposing a $200 per address fee in new developments for community mailbox service, as this was fast becoming a major concern for our members. The following is an excerpt of their legal opinion:
"In light of the foregoing, we are of the opinion that the imposition of the $200.00 Community Mail Box Set-Up Fee sought to be imposed by Canada Post against developers is unlawful in its present form. At a minimum, the corporation would need to enact Regulations establishing the charge and, even then, it would remain open for the development community to challenge the same.
Second, it is our opinion that the Canada Post cannot force Alberta municipalities to include CMB-friendly provisions in Development or Servicing Agreements. (From the tenor of its materials issued to date, it would appear that the corporation concedes this point in any event).
Third, it is our opinion that any attempt by an Alberta municipality to force a developer into a CMB Set-Up Fee Agreement with Canada Post would be unlawful. This is not to say a developer could not voluntarily assume this burden."
Click here for the full legal opinion. Please contact UDI Alberta's Executive Director Nicole Martel if you have any questions.
Volunteer Survey underway
As the UDI Calgary re-organization continues, we are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions. A copy of the current organizational chart is attached indicating the many new committees and the chairpersons charged with creating Mandates and operational parameters for those committees. To fill the various positions needed now and in the future, we will be creating a UDI Calgary Volunteer data base through our Volunteer Survey (link below), a brief ‘check the box’ questionnaire.
At this time, the more URGENT positions to be filled are those of the Core Committee Members, the 3-5 individuals required to assist the Committee Chairpersons in the oversight and management of the Committee’s activities. If you are interested in one of these key roles, please submit your Volunteer Survey by next Friday, March 22 nd.
Task Forces will be established by Committees on an ‘as-needed’ basis for specific purposes and for shorter periods of time. A wide range of skills and expertise will be required so we greatly appreciate your time and attention in submitting your Survey as soon as possible.
UDI Calgary’s new strategic plan emphasizes communications, strategic relationships and research, resulting in a variety of new volunteer opportunities for people who may not have previously volunteered with UDI-Calgary. Accordingly, we encourage you to invite all interested members of your organization to complete and submit a Volunteer Survey.
Please let us know if you have any questions or require assistance with the Survey.
Transforming Planning public workshops
Transforming Planning public workshops will be held across
the City to gather diverse perspectives to transform planning
system. Workshops are free but registered (first come first
serve). Event summary: March 18 (6-8:30 p.m.) in
Falconridge; March 20 (9 to 11:30 a.m.) in Hillhurst-
Sunnyside, March 25 (6 to 8:30 p.m.) at Eastlake Depot; and
March 27 (1 to 3:30 pm) at the Municipal Building.
Calgary Herald: Pringle: Is a suburban Development Freeze coming in 5 years?
Thank you to Charron Ungar, the Calgary head of the Canadian Homebuilders Association, for bringing the
discussion regarding suburban development into the public forum. There was also valuable comment by many industry
representatives in the Saturday Herald. When any industry sees policies that they believe will have a negative impact
they need to speak out.
Spirit of UDI Awards 2013
Sponsorships Opportunities Still Available
Please see the attached
letter regarding the recent news
political activism by industry.
Industry land supply concerns
March 13, 2013
Recent debate around the concept of a suburban development freeze
has drawn attention to industry concerns over suburban land supply. As
know, we supported our partner organization CHBA throughout that
stating strongly that more and diverging stakeholder engagement is
not less. To learn more about UDI's position and ongoing activities on
issue. click here.
UDI Calgary has Moved!
UDI Calgary now has new offices at:
325, 550-11th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB, T2R 1M7 (Map It!
Our offices will be closed from February 27 to March 1, and will be open
usual on March 4th.
Spirit of UDI Volunteer Awards Luncheon
UDI Calgary Luncheon
Complete Events Calendar
SPC on Transportation & Transit
Calgary Planning Commission
Regular Council Meeting
SPC on Utilities & Corporate Services
SPC on Community & Protective Services
Calgary Planning Commission