Urban Council

Members include Presidents of the twelve largest local Home Builders' Associations or their representatives. Others are welcome to attend. Focuses on three priorities: municipal infrastructure investment; local taxes, fees, levies and charges; and how residential development contributes to community prosperity.

Focuses on urban issues affecting residential development across Canada: advocating priority local infrastructure investment; combating increased development-related taxes, fees, levies and charges; and promoting the role of housing affordability and choice in increasing community prosperity. Acts as a resource to all local and provincial associations on these issues. Seeks a coordinated approach to intergovernmental representation at national, provincial and local levels. Meetings are open to all CHBA members.

Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the CHBA Urban Council

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Richelieu Room

Delta Ottawa Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario

08:00 to 12:00

08:00    Welcome and introductions by Neil Rodgers (Agenda Item # 1)

08:10    Opening remarks and round table discussion led by Neil Rodgers and David Crenna on results of an international literature review on alternative methods of financing/funding public infrastructure and their impacts; discussion of next steps to develop a CHBA position for the future (Agenda Item # 2)

09:00   Discussion of Urban Council work planning for 2015-16 (Agenda Item # 3)

09:15     Opening remarks by Bob Dugan of CMHC on the Housing Price Analysis and Assessment Framework results published on April 30, 2015 followed by questions and answers; brief presentation by David Crenna on opportunities for improving data and expanding analysis on “family-oriented” housing production, particularly in larger urban markets (Agenda Item # 4)

10:25    Coffee break

10:40    Short presentation by Wendy Jabusch and Amie Blanchette of CHBA - Calgary Region regarding a new initiative by City of Calgary to provide monthly reports on supply of serviced lots for development; questions and answers (Agenda Item # 5)

10:50    Opening remarks by Kevin Lee on CHBA advocacy efforts to follow up the federal Public Transit Fund announcement in the April 21 Budget; comments on background to the announcement from Daniel Bernier and Yaroslav Baran of Earnscliffe Strategy Group, followed by round table discussion (Agenda Item # 6)

11:50    Summary of results of morning discussions by the Chair 

12:00    Adjourn