Present:          
Chris MarchandMark VanZeumerenAndrew GilesRob Grant
Alex HalefStephen AdamsChristine CorbinRob Norwood
Regrets:           
Cesar SalehJoseph DanielKrissy FryBen Young
Farhang FotovatDavid Graham  

 

 

Summary of Motions

  • To accept the Agenda as presented. Made by Rob Grant. Seconded by Alex Halef. Motion carried.
  • To accept the February 17, 2021 Board meeting minutes as presented in the March Appendices. Made by Andrew Giles. Seconded by Mark VanZeumeren. Motion carried.
  • To accept the February 28th, 2021 financial statements as presented in the March appendices. Made by Andrew Giles. Seconded by Rob Grant. Motion carried.
  • To accept the 2021/2022 UDI budget as presented in the March appendices. Made by Rob Grant. Seconded by Andrew Giles. Motion carried unanimously.
  • To accept Atlantic Road Construction and Paving (Bruce Wood) and Scotian Materials Limited (Robert MacPherson) as a new member. Made by Andrew Giles. Seconded by Mark VanZeumeren. Motion carried.

To adjourn the meeting at 9:51 am. Made by Andrew Giles. Seconded by Mark VanZeumeren. Motion carried

Board Action Items

All Board Members

  • to contribute photos that they can use as well as a list of any charities to which they contribute. The aim is to show how Developers support the community.

Christine Corbin

  • to send out an invite to the membership to serve on the UDI Accessibility Committee.

Krissy Fry

  • to follow up with David regarding Duncan MacLennan as a potential presenter for Part 2 of the Affordable Housing webinar. Carried forward.

Stephen Adams

  • to work with the Membership Committee for the member-related website changes. Carried forward.
  • to undertake an industry outreach to the GHP, Roadbuilders, Homebuilders, the Ecology Action Centre and CANS, and to the Heritage Society. In process.
  • to come up with a plan to do an outreach to the various politicians and organizations to consult on the labour shortage issue. Halifax Partnership, Halifax Chamber of Commerce and CANS to be included, as well as Iain Rankin. In process.
  • to set up a Centre Plan Committee meeting. Carried forward.
  • to work with Peter Polley on drafting a letter offering to provide costing data on ‘visitable’ units. The letter to go to Chris prior to it being sent.
  • Stephen to follow up with the CAO to make him aware of the position of the Development Community regarding the Noise By-Law.
  • Stephen to send a note to Sergio Grbac regarding the noise by-laws (copy Alex).

Committee Action Items

None at this time.

1. Meeting called to order at 8:36 am

2. Acceptance of the Agenda

The Agenda was accepted as presented.

  • Motion:  To accept the Agenda as presented. Made by Rob Grant. Seconded by Alex Halef. Motion carried.

3. Approval of the Minutes

The Minutes of the February 17th Board meeting were approved as presentedin the March appendices.

  • Motion: To accept the February 17, 2021 Board meeting minutes as presented in the March Appendices. Made by Andrew Giles. Seconded by Mark VanZeumeren. Motion carried.

4. Governance

 

4.1 General discussion of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the development industry

There was no new discussion.

4.2 UDI Dashboard

The UDI Dashboard was included in the March appendices for reference.

4.3 Outstanding Action Items

  1. Chris Marchand to try and get an update on the status of his BAC application. Complete. He has been deemed eligible but not appointed. He has emailed for an update.
    1. Krissy Fry to send the Altus Reports to Stephen. Complete.
    1. All Directors to let Stephen know if there was any messaging in particular they would like passed on to Councillors. Complete.
    1. All Directors to let Stephen know if there are any additional items they felt he should focus on during his presentation to Council on the HRM budget. Complete. The Planning and Development discussion will happen on April 7th. Stephen will be asking for additional staff members to be assigned to work on affordable housing.
    1. All Directors to share the message that affordable housing applications must be approved in a timely manner to Councillors and the Mayor at any opportunity. Complete.
    1. Stephen Adams to undertake an industry outreach to the GHP, Roadbuilders, Homebuilders, the Ecology Action Centre and CANS, and to the Heritage Society. For discussion under item 5.2. In progress.
    1. Stephen Adams to set up a Centre Plan Committee meeting. Complete.
    1. Stephen Adams to reach out to IPOANS to see if they have any data on the demand for accessible units.Complete. Stephen spoke with Peter who indicated that he has had no requests for accessible units. Rob asked if it could be a possibility to revisit the formula used to determine how many accessible units are required in each building; perhaps in lieu of units a contribution could be made to help with accessibility of public areas. Mark VanZeumeren indicated that he would join the Centre Plan Committee.
    1. Stephen Adams to work with Peter Polley on drafting a letter offering to provide costing data on ‘visitable’ units. The letter to go to Chris prior to it being sent. Carried forward.

4.4 UDI Restructure

February 17th, 2021 Action Item: Christine Corbin to reach out to those that committed funding to the UDI restructure, to confirm their support. Complete.

Christine reported that Rob Norwood has been hired as the Member Services Coordinator for UDI. Christine has confirmed those contributors that have indicated their intention to support the UDI restructure. Christine has turned the file over to Stephen for further follow-up.

5. Executive Director’s Report

5.1 Councillor and HRM Staff Interviews

Stephen has met with almost all Councillors. He also has regular meetings set up with Jacques Dubé and other Planning & Development staff.

5.2 Meetings with Outside Agencies

Stephen has spoken to CANS, GHP and Roadbuilders. Destination Halifax and the BIDS are coming up. Stephen spoke to CHBANS and is working on the Noise By-Law issue with them.

5.3 HRM Staff and UDI Board Member Virtual Meetings

Ben and David suggested that UDI set up a virtual meeting with Planning & Development staff and selected UDI Board members to increase mutual understanding of processes. Stephen has discussed that with Kelly Denty who has agreed as long as the focus of the meeting is to understand each other’s challenges and not address specific issues.

6. Financial Report

The Board reviewed the February 28th, 2021Financial Statements. They were approved as circulated in the March appendices.

6.1 Approval of the January 31st, 2021 Financial Statements

  • Motion: To accept the February 28th, 2021 financial statements as presented in the March appendices. Made by Andrew Giles. Seconded by Rob Grant. Motion carried.

6.2  Compliance Certificate

The March compliance certificate was included in the March appendices.

6.3  2021-2022 Budget

February 17th, 2021 Action Item: Stephen Adams to set up a meeting with the Membership Committee to discuss the 2021/2022 dues rates and bring a recommendation back to the Board. Remove, included in the 2021/2022 budget approval. 

February 17th, 2021 Action Item: Membership Committee to make a recommendation on dues rates for 2021-2022. Remove. The 2021/2022 dues was approved as part of the 2021/2022 budget.

Christine presented the draft 2021/2022 Budget, noting that the major change in revenue over last year reflects the increase in Developer dues to $3000 per year. It was agreed that those members that are contributing to the restructuring initiative will have their dues amount deducted from their contribution. On the expense side, the main difference from the budget of last year, and the main reason for the deficit budget, were the new expenses for HR and rent.

The 2021/2022 budget was approved as presented.

  • Motion: To accept the 2021/2022 UDI budget as presented in the March appendices. Made by Rob Grant. Seconded by Andrew Giles. Motion carried.

7. Membership/Program Committee

7.1 Membership/Program

January 20th, 2021 Action Item: Stephen Adams to work with the Membership Committee for the member-related website changes. Carried forward.

February 17th, 2021 Action Item: Stephen Adams to take his idea regarding a special membership rate for BIDs to the Membership Committee for discussion and to develop a recommendation for the Board. Remove, included in the 2021/2022 budget.

Stephen noted that a few of the BIDs are interested in joining and that he will be doing a presentation to them as a whole.

Stephen noted that they have started a Facebook page and asked all Board Members to contribute photos that they can use as well as a list of any charities to which they contribute. The aim is to show how Developers support the community.

7.1.2 2020-2021Membership Dues

A list of members was included in the March appendices.

7.1.2 Membership Report

Stephen reported that he has been in contact with Lou Reznick, Francis Fares, Brighter Communities and Devencore Atlantic regarding membership.

7.1.3 New member approval

Atlantic Road Construction and Paving (Bruce Wood) and Scotian Materials Limited (Robert MacPherson) were presented as new member companies for approval.

  • Motion: To accept Atlantic Road Construction and Paving (Bruce Wood) and Scotian Materials Limited (Robert MacPherson) as a new member. Made by Andrew Giles. Seconded by Mark VanZeumeren. Motion carried.

7.2 UDI Events

Dec. 9th, 2020 Action Item: Krissy Fry to follow up with David regarding Duncan MacLennan as a potential presenter for Part 2 of the Affordable Housing webinar. Carried forward.

7.2.1 Annual Conference/Webinars

The Committee is still working on content for Part 2 of the Affordability webinar series.

8. Reporting Committee Updates

8.1 Infrastructure Charges/GIC Task Force

February 17th, 2021 Action Item: Stephen Adams to ask Kelly Denty to let us know when she moves the Infrastructure Charges Review forward. Complete. Stephen will deal with this item during his HRM Budget presentation.

8.2 Affordable Housing

Alex gave an update on both the HRM and the Provincial Committee initiatives.

HRM’s Committee has reviewed the financial model that Peter and Alex have submitted. A change in wording in the HRM Charter is required to allow HRM to give tax breaks.

They are also developing metrics for who should be exempt from density bonusing requirements.

The Provincial Committee on Affordable Housing is getting ready to start developing wording to request funding from the Province. They have a May deadline for their submission to the Minister.

9. Reporting External Committee Updates

9.1 BAC

No update was given.

10. Unfinished Business

10.1 Labour Shortages

January 20th, 2021 Action Item: Stephen Adams to come up with a plan to do an outreach to the various politicians and organizations to consult on the labour shortage issue. Halifax Partnership, Halifax Chamber of Commerce and CANS to be included. In process.

Stephen noted that he met with the GHP and CANS. Neither organization is currently working on any solutions.

10.2 Rock Crushing By-Law Position Paper

Stephen’s letter has been sent to Kelly Denty and Stephen has met with Ben Sivak. Ben feels that the By-Law changes will not go to a public hearing, but will rather be approved as recommended. Stephen will follow up with the CAO to make him aware of the position of the Development Community. Stephen to send a note to Sergio Grbac regarding the noise by-laws (copy Alex).

 11. New Business

11.1 Accessibility

There was a discussion about accessibility and the impact the recommendations are having on the development community. It is not practical that every house be designed/constructed to be accessible.

The Province is responsible for making the changes to legislation that will dictate accessibility standards. Currently 5% of  (MURB) units have to be accessible.

Chris suggested that we strike a committee to deal with accessibility. Stephen suggested that Peter Polley would be a good participant. Christine to send out an invite to the membership to serve on the UDI Accessibility Committee.

12. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 9:51 am.

  • Motion: To adjourn the meeting at 9:51 am. Made by Andrew Giles. Seconded by Mark VanZeumeren. Motion carried.