City of Leduc
PROVEN leader with a strong and lengthy history of supporting and developing local business owners. A consistent volunteer through many local Not for Profits, and a passionate advocate for building economic opportunity through events and connection!
I co-started Next Level Consulting, (NLC), in 2015, to help local small and medium size businesses take their business to the NEXT LEVEL! I am now the sole owner of NLC and I have added supporting and training Not for Profits as part of our business services Prior to starting NLC, my extensive and successful work history was is in Senior Management and training, in both Ontario and Alberta, and my education is in HR and Management. I am also working on my Conflict Management and Negotiation certificate from NAIT. I am the former President of BGC Leduc, (5 yrs), and the former Chair of FCSS, (5yrs).
How will you support the City of Leduc's competitive advantage and market affordable housing? How do you see fees, levies, taxes and municipal cost control playing a role in housing affordability? Note: CHBA-ER refers to “market affordable housing” as housing that is market priced and meets the general requirements of affordability based on household income. Market affordable housing may include market rental housing and market home ownership.
Making housing affordable is a global effort. Supply, demand, mortgage rates, CMHC rates, property taxes, mill rates, development levies, etc. Many of the mentioned factors are not within the per view of the municipality, that is why when the municipality has the opportunity to make decisions that impact housing, they do so with the intent to make and keep housing affordable.
Some of the things that I advocate for are; -Working with builders who capitalize and use environmental subsidies, grants, and incentives. These grants can help builders reduce project costs and in turn reduce the end user's purchase price. This also has a positive environmental impact on the community.
-Land use decisions, need to account for the zoning of multi unit buildings to include/focus on ‘bachelor’ and one bedroom units.
-Reducing administrative delay for builders to get approvals and documentation
-During peak seasons, ensure adequate coverage/hiring of inspectors to keep up with inspection requests.
-Increasing permit turnover times at the administrative level
-Keeping residential taxes AND mill rates low
-Making multi unit conversion of residential homes easier. Still safe, but reducing red tape and assisting homeowners with education and support.
-Educate and support first time buyers with options and best practices so they can get into the market in non traditional ways
What steps do you believe are necessary to reduce red tape and support business investment in the residential construction industry?
-Recruitment and retention of qualified inspectors who can keep up with demand, and who work with builders to rectify situations in a timely and cost effective manner.
-Consult businesses when considering changes to regulations, bylaws, and rezoning
-Give adequate time and notice to businesses when making changes to municipal regulations, bylaws, and rezoning
-Train and develop staff and administration to prioritize solution focused problem solving.
-Work with/train businesses to assist them through compliance and approval -Explore cost incentives for project completion that is compliant, on budget and on time.
Do you support welcoming a diversity of housing types throughout Leduc?
Creative and diverse solutions to land use are important when dealing with a diversified residential structure. As in-fill, the re-purposing of existing buildings, and municipality boundaries are being encroached, it's necessary to understand that no one solution can be the answer for every region of Leduc. Environmental factors and climate change also factor into the need for diverse residential solutions. Leduc has a diverse population, subset of needs, and economic capabilities. Encouraging businesses to adapt to this diversity is important and in fact, essential in attracting and growing new residents to our city.
Is there anything about your platform that you think CHBA-ER members should know?
I believe that being accountable, accessible, and transparent is essential in leading Leduc, if you want to do business in Leduc, you can expect this from me inside and and outside the Council Chambers!
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