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.
2022 initiatives include:
- City Plan
- Zoning Bylaw Renewal
- District Planning
- City Planning Framework
- Community Energy Transition Strategy & Action Plan
- Permitting and Licensing Process Improvements
- Off-site Levies
Are you interested in getting more involved with CHBA-ER? We are looking for member volunteers to participate on the following Working Groups:
- Zoning Bylaw Renewal – Assist in providing feedback on the City of Edmonton’s new Zoning Bylaw.
- Permit and Licensing Improvements – Work with the City of Edmonton and fellow CHBA-ER members to improve the permit and licensing processes.
If you would like to participate in any of the above Working Groups, please contact Darbi Kinnee.
Read below for more information on current and ongoing initiatives:
April 20, 2022
City of Edmonton: Permits and Licensing Initiative – The City of Edmonton has released its 2022-2023 Permit and Licensing Improvements (PLI) Initiative Roadmap. CHBA-ER provided feedback on behalf of members on which service improvements to include in the Roadmap. CHBA-ER also wrote a letter of support for the PLI Initiative. Key work streams outlined in the Roadmap include improvements to development and construction application processing timelines, permitting transformations for businesses, improvements to customer service, and more. Read more.
City of Edmonton: Zoning Bylaw and District Planning Projects – On April 12, the City of Edmonton presented updates on the Zoning Bylaw and District Planning projects to Urban Planning Committee. Both projects have adjusted their project schedules to allow for more meaningful engagement with stakeholders. CHBA-ER wrote a letter spoke in support of the projects’ objectives. Read more.
March 23, 2022
City of Edmonton: Credit Card Increase - In response to CHBA-ER advocacy, on March 1, 2022 the City's credit card payment limit for development-related service fees increased from $5,000 to $10,000. This increase was made to help reduce barriers to development and provide payment option flexibility for applicants while being mindful of and limiting transaction service fee charges. Thank you to the City of Edmonton for making this change that supports building in Edmonton.
City of Edmonton: Public Tree Bylaw - The City of Edmonton’s new Public Tree Bylaw will be in effect as of May 1, 2022. The Bylaw is intended to enhance protection of City-owned trees and gives the City the ability to require builders to obtain a Tree Protection Permit when working within close proximity to City trees or natural stands. CHBA-ER successfully advocated against fees associated with the permit process for 2022. Read more.
City of Edmonton: Zoning Bylaw and District Planning Update - CHBA-ER has been actively involved in the Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative and District Planning project, which are integral to implementing the City Plan. Both projects have adjusted their timelines in order to allow for more meaningful engagement with stakeholders. CHBA-ER will continue to provide feedback on behalf of members. Read more.
February 23, 2022
City of Edmonton - Setting Service Levels – The City is establishing services levels for most development and building related services which will be made publicly available. CHBA-ER has met with the City to provide feedback prior service levels being finalized and released. The Association will continue to remain actively involved in this work and advocate on behalf of members. Read more.
January 19, 2022
City of Edmonton - 2022 Fee Changes – The City of Edmonton has updated its 2022 residential permit fees as part of the fall budget adjustment process. CHBA-ER advocated on behalf of members in opposition of increases. City Council approved the 2022 fee schedule as presented, which included increases of 4% on average for inflation. New fees are in effect as of January 1, 2022. Read more.
City of Edmonton - Infill Data Explorer – The City of Edmonton has launched the Infill Data Explorer an interactive, online mapping tool that helps you evaluate properties for infill development potential. Find information like housing types, zoning description, total tax assessment, parcel lot area and nearby services and amenities. Read more.
If you have questions about any of these initiatives, please contact Darbi Kinnee.