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Priority Issues

Priority Issues

Our Association is involved in many technically complex, politically sensitive and community based projects and initiatives, and has a proactive relationship with various levels of government on numerous issues. Below are three top issues we are currently addressing.

COVID-19

Status: Priority

In these challenging time there are many resources available to our members to support them on the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels. A link to some useful resources along with UDI updates can be found below:

COVID-19 UPDATES

 

Affordability

Status: Priority

UDI has long been concerned with providing affordable housing options to Nova Scotians. We closely watch government rules and regulations which may impact on affordability, and lobby for changes which will allow more first time home buyers into the market.

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Center Plan Review

Status: Priority

HRM have released Package B of their Centre Plan.  Visit www.centreplan.ca  for fact sheets, interactive map and draft planning documents. Written comments on Package B can be sent to planhrm@halifax.ca until April 24, 2020.

Package A was finalized and made law in late 2019.

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Infrastructure Charges (Capital Cost Contributions)

Status: Priority

HRM & consultant Turner Drake are in the process of reviewing all Infrastructure Charges (Capital Cost Contributions) which apply to developments within HRM. UDI supports fair and clearly outlined fee structures for all charges applied by HRM, however, we are concerned that unnecessarily high fees will increase the affordability of housing. We have commissioned a report from Altus Group on costs in HRM and Moncton, our closest equivalent in the Canadian Maritimes. The report should be available shortly. 

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Background

UDI’s membership includes Developers, Municipal Officials, Industry Suppliers, Construction Firms, Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Designers, Lawyers, Mortgage Brokers, Banks and Real Estate Agents.

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