Municipal Policy

— Oct 25, 2016
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New Homes and Red Tape in Alberta: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor

New Homes and Red Tape in Alberta: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor finds that the City of Calgary is stifling new home builds with burdensome red tape, compared to more development-friendly suburbs. Permit approval times in Calgary for residential developments average a staggering 13.5 months, compared to an average of 7.5 months for five of the city’s suburbs. Edmonton ranked sixth out of 12 municipalities in this updated survey of developers in terms of homebuilding regulations, and Calgary ranked tenth.

— Oct 4, 2016
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New Homes and Red Tape in Ontario: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Amid ongoing concerns about housing affordability in Southern Ontario, New Homes and Red Tape in Ontario: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is an annual survey of homebuilders ranking municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe on several categories of red tape (construction approval times, timeline uncertainty, regulatory costs and fees, rezoning prevalence and the effect council and community groups have on development). The survey —which is part of a broader effort to understand the effects of land-use regulation on Canadian housing supply — finds that the cost of complying with residential development regulations in Toronto is more than twice as expensive than in Hamilton.

— Jul 7, 2016
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Impact of Land-Use Regulation on Housing Supply in Canada

The Impact of Land-Use Regulation on Housing Supply in Canada spotlights 68 municipalities (including 18 of Canada’s largest) and finds that onerous municipal regulations for residential development are reducing the supply of new homes in Canada’s biggest cities and contributing to rising home prices.

— Mar 30, 2016
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governing greater victoria

“Amid proposals to replace regional districts with a reduced number of governments (i.e.: municipal amalgamation) Governing Greater Victoria: The Role of Elected Officials and Shared Services describes the structure and advantages of regional districts where neighbouring municipalities voluntarily share services such as water supply, sewerage disposal and solid waste management.”

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