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-Fifth Meeting of the CHBA Urban Council
Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Nova Scotia D
Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax, Nova Scotia
08:00 to 12:00

08:00    Welcome and introductions by Neil Rodgers and by participants around the table (Agenda Item # 1)

08:10    Brief presentation by Kevin Lee on the current status of CHBA advocacy efforts and plans for the Forum for Growth and the 2015 federal election campaign (Agenda Item # 2)

08:30    Round table discussion of land supply issues as they are occurring across Canada and appropriate CHBA advocacy messages in this context; opportunities for information sharing among local and provincial HBAs in addressing land development issues and affordability (Agenda Item # 3)

9:15      Presentation by Neil Rodgers on future CHBA positioning on development charges as a method of infrastructure financing -- criteria for transparency and accountability, and alternative financing and funding methods followed by round table discussion (Agenda Item # 4)

10:10    Coffee break

10:20    Opening remarks by Diana Petramula of TD Economics on housing market trends and relationship between public and private sector decisions in shaping urban regions across Canada, followed by round table discussion (Agenda Item # 5)

11:00    Short presentations by Greater Vancouver HBA and BILD-GTA on lessons learned from efforts to work with municipalities and other local organizations on innovative solutions to housing affordability and choice, followed by questions and answers (Agenda Item # 6)

11:30    Results of morning discussions – review of draft conclusions and resolutions to be submitted to the CHBA Board of Directors (in camera, with CHBA Urban Council and CHBA members only)

12:00    Adjourn