Urban Development Institute - Calgary 2009 Annual Report Vol. XI November 24, 2009 Message from the Executive Director Dear UDI – Calgary Membership:
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2009 Annual Report
November 24, 2009
Dear UDI – Calgary Membership:
As 2009 swiftly comes to a close, it is time to reflect on this past year; one which was punctuated with exceptional challenges and opportunities brought on by the global economic recession. It is a testament to our Industry that although it was one of the hardest hit by the recession, our member organizations have shown the resiliency to weather the economic storm and help lead the way out.
Two words sum up the single most dominant issue which consumed the UDI – Calgary Board of Directors, committees and staff resources: Plan It. Plan It is the next Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan and probably the most important piece of legislation governing the Development Industry. Therefore, the amount of resources dedicated to understanding, collaborating and advocating for changes to this document on behalf of the Industry was entirely appropriate. A very positive outcome of this exercise was a renewed relationship with the Canadian Home Builders Association – Calgary Region, which has helped to strengthen and unify the Industry voice. More details on the outcome of this exercise can be found under the Board of Directors section of this report.
Closely related to Plan It is the Municipal Financing Forum, which was held based on a request made by UDI – Calgary to the City of Calgary for a series of meetings in order to understand the real costs of growth, whether they be in established areas or at the edge of the city. These discussions will lead into the Standard Development Agreement negotiations for 2011.
There is no question that 2010 will bring a new set of challenges to our Industry, especially since there will be a municipal election next year. However, I believe that UDI - Calgary is well positioned to meet any issue that comes before us head on. This is due to the competence of the UDI staff and the more than 140 volunteers whose dedication and expertise make anything possible. To all of them I owe a sincere debt of gratitude.
At the 2008 UDI – Calgary Annual General Meeting, there were some changes to the structure of the Board of Directors. Michael Dutczak completed his term as Chairman of the Board and we were pleased to welcome Don McLeod as the new incoming Chairman. In addition, the Board welcomed Karin Finley to the team as a Director and Mark Wynker replaced Michael Roberts (who relocated out of town) as the Associate Vice Chairman in February 2009. At a subsequent Board meeting, Don Merlo was named as the Vice Chair.
The following pages provide information on just some of the issues the Board has been working on in the past year.
To address the current economic challenges faced by the development industry, UDI’s Board of Directors approached the Mayor and City Administration with regard to freezing the 2009 Assessment Levies at the 2008 rates. We are pleased to inform our members that Council approved a rate freeze. The 2009 Levies are as follows:
Community & Recreation Levy $ 48,794
Transportation Assessment Levy $ 63,507
Traffic Signage and Road Markings $ 613
Inspection Fee $ 2,208
Storm Sewer Levies (rates vary so refer to the Agreement)
On Monday September 28th, City Council unanimously approved the new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP), previously referred to as Plan It, with the inclusion of several amendments based on recommendations by Industry.
The two main concerns that were identified in the MDP were the minimum density thresholds of 70 people/jobs per gross developable hectare for future Greenfield development and the lack of an implementation framework developed in consultation with Industry prior to the effective date of the Plan.
Our recommendation of a reduced minimum threshold of 60 people/jobs per gross developable hectare was adopted and approved by Council as was our request to develop a formal Implementation Committee with a clear mandate to identify training and policy gaps.
The Implementation Committee will consist of two members each from Industry, City Administration, City Council and two representatives from the Community. Administration had proposed an effective date of February 1, 2010 for the new MDP and CTP but Council moved that date to April 1, 2010 to allow more time for the implementation framework to be developed.
As part of an ongoing dialogue between The City of Calgary and the local residential development industry, a forum was held at the Telus Convention Centre on March 30, 2009. Hosted by Mayor Dave Bronconnier, the forum was facilitated by Dr. Roger Gibbins of the Canada West Foundation and attended by representatives from the City, the Urban Development Institute – Calgary, and the Canadian Home Builders Association – Calgary Region.
As a result, a working Group was established and they identified the following three specific issues, with the goal in all three cases being to conclude with a concrete set of specific options for moving forward:
1) Closing the Capital Cost Gap: The Working Group will explore and recommend alternative ways of financing the capital costs of new residential development.
2) Addressing Timing and Risk: The Working Group will explore and recommend alternative ways of delivering development cost charges in terms of timing, interim financing and financial risk.
3) Long-Term Solutions: The Working Group will identify a set of potential long-term solutions to funding capital and table issues for discussion at a later date.
Meetings have been ongoing throughout 2009 and will continue into the New Year.
2009 has been an extremely busy year for UDI – Calgary and its volunteer members. The Plan It Calgary review permeated through most of our Committees and Task Forces and it added significantly to the already heavy workloads of these groups.
We have 12 Committees and 7 Task Forces that are actively reviewing everything from draft planning policies, development agreements, construction specifications, water and environmental related issues, Fire Department standards and much more. In 2009, we re-activated the Finance and Transportation Committees, as well as the Streetlighting Task Force to address emerging issues. A breakdown of our Committees and Task Forces, as well as the issues they’re addressing, is provided later in this report.
As you know, UDI - Calgary relies heavily on our volunteers to provide the valuable knowledge, planning and technical expertise needed to assist in our negotiations and discussions with the City of Calgary and other municipalities. It is through the work of our volunteers that we are able to respond to the many issues brought before us in a timely and conversant manner.
After two years with UDI – Calgary, I am still amazed at the dedication, energy and passion of our Committee and Task Force volunteers. On behalf of the UDI Administration, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who volunteered their time in 2009. The work that we do and the accomplishments we achieve would not be possible without your hard work.
The 2009 Development Agreement was finalized with revisions made to approximately 45 clauses. Mark Wynker, with the assistance of Terry Smith and Chris Plosz, played an integral role in the negotiations of both the Development Agreement and Standard Specifications, and was assisted by dedicated volunteers from various committees and task forces including: Technical, Water Management, Pavement and Urban Landscape.
To address the economic challenges faced by the development industry, UDI’s Board of Directors approached the Mayor and City Administration with regard to freezing the 2009 Assessment Levies at the 2008 rates. We are pleased to inform our members that Council approved a rate freeze. The 2009 Levies were approved as follows:
Community & Recreation Levy $ 48,794
Transportation Assessment Levy $ 63,507
Traffic Signage and Road Markings $ 613
Inspection Fee $ 2,208
The Developer Funded Infrastructure Stabilization Fund (Oversize Fund) per hectare rates remained unchanged at: Utilities - $5,000 , Major Roads - $11,800, Parks - $5,500
To address the fact that the City has been increasing requests for Bus Laybys, and the fact that the Unit Rate schedule for major roads did not include a provision for Bus Laybys, UDI negotiated the inclusion of a separate oversize allowance for Bus Laybys. The cost recovery rates (including 5% for Engineering and 5% for Administration) were approved as follows:
metre Length – lump sum $ 14,960
metre Length – lump sum $ 17,050
37 Metre Length – lump sum $ 22,220
For further information on the key changes made to the 2009 Development Agreement, please refer to Information Bulletin #101, which can be found on UDI’s Website. A copy of the 2009 Standard Development Agreement is available at www.udicalgary.com under the “Documents of Interest” tab.
The 2010 Development Agreement negotiations have been underway since September 2009 and UDI has been working closely with Urban Development in an effort to finalize the Agreement by January 2010. Earlier finalization will provide the Development Industry with a clear understanding of associated levies and unit rates for development that will be proceeding in 2010.
Numerous changes were made to the 2009 Water, Sewer, Roads and Landscape Standard Specifications to address issues/deficiencies that were identified by both UDI and The City of Calgary. A detailed listing of all specification changes can be found at the front of each Standard Specification book. As well, a summary of the changes has been documented in following Bulletins:
Technical Bulletin #93 Standard Specifications for Sewer Construction
Technical Bulletin #94 Standard Specifications for Waterworks Construction
Technical Bulletin #95 Standard Specifications for Roads Construction
Technical Bulletin #96 Standard Specifications for Landscape Construction
The 2010 spec negotiations have also been underway since September 2009. UDI has been working with Urban Development, Roads, Water Resources and Parks, in an effort to finalize all specifications. Urban Development’s goal is to publish all 2010 specifications in January.
As part of the 2009 Technical negotiations for Roads Specifications, the Pavement Task Force, consisting of Chris Plosz, Jim Montgomery and Sandy McIntosh addressed several issues, some of which pertained to the Design Traffic Number for Industrial Roads, walkway and emergency access lighting and asbestos in recycled asphalt. UDI continues to work with The City to resolve issues associated with winter paving mix, pavement design life, typical pavement structure, properties of crushed based course gravel, boulevard drainage, compaction requirements and damages to monolithic sidewalks.
For a complete summary of the changes made to the 2009 Standard Specifications for Roads Construction, please refer to Technical Bulletin #95, which can be found on UDI’s Website.
Discussions on the 2010 Roads Specifications have begun, with the goal to have the specs finalized by January 2010.
In 2009, the Planning Committee was extremely busy reviewing and providing comment on a multitude of City of Calgary policy documents and initiatives. Under the leadership of
Co-Chairs Sue Paton and Dale Johnson, the Committee addressed the following:
The current 2009 Planning Committee members include: David Allen (past Chair), Darrell Grant, Gillian Lawrence, Ben Lee, Sean Nolan, Bill MacDonald and Jay German. Over the past year, the Committee also dedicated numerous hours reviewing and documenting industry concerns pertaining to the Draft Plan It Calgary/Municipal Development Plan.
The members of the Finance committee include Trent Edwards, Rebecca Braun, and Ben Czelenski.
In 2009, the group focused its efforts on issues associated with municipal financing and the Developer Funded Infrastructure Stabilization Fund (Oversize Fund).
The Committee continues to work together with local governing bodies and other stakeholders to evaluate and review the values, policies and implementation processes related to planning established urban areas. Through the work of its dedicated volunteers in 2009: ChairmanJaydan Tait, Ben Lee, Glen Pardoe, Alex Ferguson, Linda Hackman, Chris Ollenberger, Richard White and Rick Lewis, the Committee is making strides toward the transformation of Calgary into a sophisticated urban environment. Key issues addressed in 2009 include:
The Technical Committee is led by Mark Wynker and is one of one of UDI’s busiest committees. 2009 Committee members include: Richard Geleta, Chris Ollenberger, Chris Plosz, Ian Hunsche, Dale Johnson, Jim Montgomery, Reg Jans, Ted Parent and Charles Boechler.
The majority of the Technical Committee’s workload comes from the various Committees and Task Forces that report directly to it. These include: Urban Landscape, Water Management, Transportation, Technical Negotiations, Electronic Submissions, Streetlighting, Environmental, Pavement, Residential LID Subdivision Study and Sewer Specifications,
Issues addressed by this year’s Technical Committee included:
Led by Paul Douglas, the Urban Landscape Committee members also include Henry Heuver, Victor Kallos, Bruce Laing, Scott Wright, Barry Paxton, Jason Palacsko, Brett Friesen, Stan Siemens and Marvin Smith.
The Committee’s focus in 2009 included:
Water continues to be an increasingly important factor in the development of the city of Calgary and surrounding municipalities, which is evidenced by the numerous water management plans and studies that were reviewed this year. Committee members in 2009 included Rick Carnduff (Co-Chair), Chris Plosz (Co-Chair), Paul Douglas, Don Pasquini, Ted Stack, Paul Jacobs, Trevor Huber, Luis Narvaez, Victor Kallos and Phil Nottveit who were tasked with:
2009 also saw the merger of the Water Management Committee and the Erosion and Sediment Control Task Force.
A sub-committee consisting of Collin Campbell, Don Pasquini, Eric Richoz, Michael Collinson, Rob Kirsch and Ted Stack has been formed to review the new Draft Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines. The revised Guidelines are expected to be finalized for the New Year.
The Electronic Submissions Task Force was reactivated in 2009 to address a number of emerging issues associated with the City of Calgary’s review of the block profile “as-built” drafting standard and the Calgary Regional Partnership’s CAD as-built digital submission standards. One of the key concerns identified by the Task Force is the need to have some consistency in the standards used by the various municipalities.
Task Force members include: Lorne Weber (Chair), John Dutz, Greg Maciejewski, Tony Derix, Greg Hanson, Nigel Sparlingand Theresa Stadnyk.
The Streetlighting Task Force was reactivated in the spring of 2009 and is led by Chris Ollenberger. The Task Force members include: Richard Revesz, Richard Geleta, Gordon White and Jamal Seede.
To date, their focus has included:
In 2009, Chairman Sandy Menzies along with Chris Davis, Carmel Gatt, Jane Power, David Dalen (past Chair), Warren Paulsen, Don Larke and James Scott focused their efforts on:
In an effort to address the safety and productivity issues that arise when house construction and shallow utility installation occur concurrently in residential development projects, UDI - Calgary, the CHBA - Calgary Region and the Shallow Utilities Consortium established a joint task force to address these issues. After numerous meetings the task force members came to the consensus that the best possible solution was to increase communication and coordination amongst all parties working on the development project. In an effort to do this, the task force is recommending that prior to the commencement of shallow utility construction, a joint coordination meeting be held for every development project.
Through the efforts of the Task Force, a pamphlet was published in 2009 outlining areas of responsibility, process flow and expectations on the worksite.
For more information on this Best Practices Guide please refer to Information Bulletin #100, which can be found on UDI’s Website.
The Committee meets monthly to address a wide variety of issues pertaining to development in the County of Rocky View. In 2009, Committee reps included : Richard Geleta (Chair), Charles Boechler, Ron Sawchuk, Patrick Burke and Arnie Stefaniuk, David Weinkauf and Cam Hart. The Rocky View County participants include: Derek Lovlin, Lorie Pesowski, Rob Deverelland Rick Wiljamaa.
The Airdrie Task Force has been very busy reviewing and presenting the industry’s concerns with regard to the Draft Standard Landscape Guidelines & Specifications, revisions to the Subdivision Servicing Agreements and Erosion & Sediment Control policies.
Numerous meetings over the course of 2009 have been held and through the efforts of the task force members: Chris Plosz (Chair), David Baker, Averil Trapp, Peter Lewandowski, Brett Friesen, Collin Campbell, Reg Jans, Phil Nottveit and Graeme Melton, many of industry’s concerns are being addressed through the ongoing review of these policy documents.
In response to concerns raised by the Development Industry regarding the challenges experienced when trying to implement LID initiatives, The City of Calgary commenced a study to design a theoretical innovative residential subdivision that incorporates a number of feasible stormwater source control/LID practices.
The Committee was somewhat inactive in 2009; however, work on this project is starting to gear up once again. The team is lead by Liliana Bozic (City of Calgary) and includes the following UDI volunteers: Rick Carnduff, Paul Douglas, Martin Nguyen, Paul Jacobs, Victor Kallos, Ben Lee, Tony Pasquini, Manoj Raythatha, Phil Nottveit and Ted Stack.
The members of the Environmental Task Force include Chris Plosz (Chair), Renee Bellavance, Marilee Hill, Ken Cook, Bob Faktor, Russ Kalmacoff, Ken Hugo and Travis Oberg. In 2009, the group focused its efforts on:
UDI – Calgary also has a seat on The City of Calgary's Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC), which reviews and provides comment on environmental activities and policies of The City. The Committee is comprised of representatives from The City of Calgary, Calgary Health Region, Sierra Club, River Valleys Committee, Sustainable Calgary Society and other organizations that focus on environmental issues. Bob Faktor is UDI’s representative on the EAC. While UDI will often disagree with the recommendations put forth by the EAC, our participation on the committee ensures that the development industry’s perspectives/opinions are put forward and that we have a pulse on environmental issues that affect us.
In 2009 UDI - Calgary hosted seven luncheons, four breakfast seminars, the Spirit of UDI Awards, the annual Golf Tournament and the 2008 Christmas Reception.
Thank you to all of our event speakers and presenters who graciously donated their time.
Our accomplishments would not be possible without our continued member support. Thank you to the 59 UDI – Calgary member companies who generously allowed their employees to work in a volunteer capacity on the many challenges faced by the development industry in 2009.
Ace Construction Company Inc.
Almor Testing Services Ltd.
Alpha Better Landscaping
Apex Limited Partnership
Brown & Associates
Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd.
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Canada Lands Company Limited
Carma Developers LP
Centron Group of Companies
D.A. Watt Consulting Group Ltd.
Dillon Consulting Limited
Dundee Development Corp.
EBA Engineering & Consultants Ltd.
Enmax Power Services Corp.
Foothills Landscaping Limited
Genstar Development Company
Gibbs Gage Architects
GLB Planning Ltd.
Golder Associates Limited
GWL Realty Advisors Inc.
Harmony Park Developments Corp.
Hopewell Residential Communities
Kidco Construction Limited
L.A. West (Calgary) Inc.
LGN Consulting Engineering Ltd.
Marmot Concrete Services Ltd.
Matrix Landscaping Architecture
Mattamy Homes Limited
Medallion Development Corporation
Melcor Developments Ltd.
North Star Excavating Inc.
Pacific Continental Developments
Progressive Engineering Ltd.
Remington Development Corp.
Riddell Kurczaba Architecture Rockmount Financial
Rocky View County
Ronmor Holdings Inc.
Sabatini Earth Technologies Inc.
Southwell Trapp & Associates Ltd.
Stantec Consulting Limited
Stormwater Solutions Inc
Telus Communications Inc.
Urban Systems Limited
In 2009, the following companies joined UDI – Calgary: