Government Relations Committee
The Government Relations Committee leads the Association's relationship with regional municipal political leadership and Administration, with the intent to influence municipal policy and regulations.
September 22, 2021
City of Edmonton – OSCAM Update
- Permit Process and Fee Structure Changes - Starting November 1, 2021, enforcement of the 1 hour requirement for a $25/day OSCAM permit associated with the obstruction of a sidewalk, boulevard, parking lane and/or travel lane along a residential roadway within both infill and greenfield areas will be in effect.
- CHBA-ER has developed an OSCAM permit webpage for members to learn more.
- CHBA-ER strongly encourages all members to review the OSCAM Permit Decision Matrix to determine when an OSCAM permit may be required for your project.
- The $25/day bin fee has been paused for 2021. CHBA-ER continues to advocate on behalf of members. Updates to the Manual of Temporary Traffic Control came into effect on April 6, 2021.
City of Edmonton – Public Tree Bylaw Approved: On August 30, City Council approved the Public Tree Bylaw. The Bylaw enhances protection of City-owned trees and introduces a new tree protection permit process. The Bylaw will come into effect on May 1, 2022. Read more.
City of Edmonton – District Planning: CHBA-ER expressed support for the District Planning engagement process at the August 24 Urban Planning Committee meeting.
City of Edmonton – Advancing City Plan: The City of Edmonton has created a placemat which outlines how various city initiatives will work together to implement the City Plan. Read more.
City of Edmonton – Clean Energy Improvement Program Bylaw Approved: On August 19, City Council approved the Clean Energy Improvement Pilot Program Tax Bylaw. The Bylaw enables the City to pilot the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) which provides homeowners access to low cost financing to make energy efficiency upgrades or add renewable energy installations to their properties. The financing is then repaid by the property owner through the owner's property taxes. Read more.
City of Edmonton - Off-Site Levies Bylaw Approved: On August 16, City Council approved the City of Edmonton Facilities Off-Site Levies Bylaw, which comes into effect January 1, 2022. The new Bylaw allows for the collection of off-site levies to construct fire halls in developing areas. CHBA-ER wrote a letter outlining that the City’s engagement process had been transparent. Read more.
City of Spruce Grove – Cityview Update: The City of Spruce Grove is preparing launch CityView this fall. CityView will enable more processes to be completed electronically and create a portal for builders to submit applications online. Read more.
City of Beaumont – Affordable Housing Strategy Approved: The City of Beaumont approved a new Affordable Housing Strategy on August 24. CHBA-ER feedback was reflected in the Strategy. Read more.
If you have questions about any of these initiatives, please contact Darbi Kinnee.