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Member Newsletter – June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017
 UDI June 8th Luncheon Event
Marketing Titans’ Insight From the Street

ONLY 50 SEATS LEFT!

Get the
latest intel from the street, from three of the most active and experienced
professionals in the B.C. market.

What
are buyers saying about the changes in Provincial Government?
Foreign
Buyers Tax – where do we stand one year later?
How do
prices climb in a stagnant income environment?
Millennial
buyers and millennial employees – how to manage them.

Three industry leaders in real estate marketing dish on the “hot buttons” of the industry today. Hear from:

W. Scott Brown, President and CEO, Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd.
Cameron McNeill, Co-President, MLA Canada  
Daryl Simpson, Senior Vice President, Bosa Properties

Jon Stovell, President & CEO of Reliance Properties Ltd., and Chair of UDI, will moderate the discussion.

Thanks to our sponsor: Yongle Technologies. 

LOCATION:

Pacific Ballroom
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W Georgia Street Vancouver

DATE:
Thursday, June 8, 2017 

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM 

FEES & ADMISSION:
$95 + GST – UDI Members
$150 + GST – Non Members 

  • Corporate tables available.
  • 72 hours’ notice required for cancellations.
  • Substitutions are allowed.
 ADVOCACY
 PROVINCIAL 

Real Estate Legal Issues

UDI
will be having a Real Estate Legal Issues Committee Meeting on June 14th.
We will be meeting with the Manager of Audit and Compliance and Property
Transfer Tax (PTT) from the Province to discuss several questions relating to
the implementation of the foreign buyers’ tax.

MUNICIPAL  

City of Vancouver
False
Creek Flats Local Area Plan UDI Letter to Council May 16th,
2017
encouraging a better mix of land
uses than what was
approved.

Vancouver
City-wide Development Cost Levy (DCL)
– 
Stakeholder meeting: June 7th,
10am-12pm Committee Room 1, 3rd Floor City Hall
RSVP to Chris Clibbon, Financing Growth Planner.

 

Vacancy Tax – an FAQ document which addresses UDI’s questions will be posted in the next 2 business days. We will send out the link to members when it is live. 

UDI Speech for Chinatown Rezoning Anne McMullin spoke in support of the Chinatown
Plan at a City of Vancouver Public Hearing for 105 Keefer Street & 544
Columbia Street Rezoning. View her speech
here.

Heritage Action Plan (HAP) – The City of Vancouver is having two open houses on June 10th and June 12th
on the City’s Heritage Conservation Program.

Character Homes – The City hosted three open houses to review the proposed
incentives and draft design guidelines for retaining character homes in
single-family (RS) zones across the city. View the
open house information boards. Share your views on the proposed
zoning incentives and draft design guidelines for Character Home Retention. The
questionnaire is open until June 18th.

City
of Richmond

Affordable
Housing Strategy
– Focus group June 6th,
12-2pm at Richmond City Hall. RSVP to
affordablehousing@richmond.ca More info here.

Electric
Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in New Developments
– Stakeholder meeting June 27th, 1-3pm RSVP to knishi@richmond.ca. More
info
here.

City of Burnaby

The next UDI/Burnaby Liaison Committee Meeting is on June
19th. The topics to be discussed at the next meeting include: 

  • Processing timelines – specifically on the
    building permit process;
  • The Burnaby Metrotown Plan which is being
    finalized and will likely be brought to Council sometime this summer; and
  • New groundwater management requirements – view
    the 
    letter Burnaby staff sent to developers.

City of Coquitlam

UDI and the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA)
wrote a joint

letter
regarding parking requirements for ground-oriented multi-family
housing and secondary suites in single-family housing. The information was
presented to Council and the item has been deferred until the end of June. This
issue will be discussed at our upcoming Liaison Committee on June 16th.
TransLink staff will also be attending to discuss
building requirements near transit guideways.  

Township of Langley

The
last UDI/Township of Langley Liaison Meeting was on Wednesday, May 24th.
At this meeting we discussed: 

  • Development
    Charges;
  • Sales
    Centres; and
  • The
    Township’s neighbourhood plans.


The
Township has been reviewing their CACs and is now going to concurrently review
their DCC program. A subcommittee has been formed and will meet with the
Township to give feedback on this review. As noted in the previous newsletter, UDI
sent a
letter
to the Township regarding sales centers being accommodated in the zoning by-law.  UDI received a response
from the Township who have made this issue a priority. The next Liaison Committee meeting will be
scheduled in September.

City of Langley

The City
of Langley is hosting
open houses on June 6 and June 8 concerning the
City’s draft zoning bylaw.


For your
information, please also refer to the following additional attachments:

  1. Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 3000
  2. Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 3000 – Summary

UDI will be attending the June 6th open house. If you have any
comments, please let us know.

City of Surrey

At the last Surrey Development Advisory Committee (DAC)
meeting on April 27th, Surrey staff presented two presentations
on
district
energy
and increases to street
planning costs
. View the memo on Street Tree Planting here.
The next Surrey DAC will be June 22nd.

City of Maple Ridge

UDI
had a Liaison Committee Meeting with the City of Maple Ridge on Friday, May 26th.
We had a general discussion on the Energy Step Code, the
GVHBA Housing Approval Study, expanding employment lands, and increasing
requirements for subdivision boulevards. We will form a subcommittee to discuss
the proposed requirements for subdivision boulevards. The next Liaison Committee
meeting will be in September.

City of Abbotsford

UDI Board Member, Diane Delves, and UDI staff
attended a meeting at the City of Abbotsford on a planning process to identify
areas fo
r future industrial growth. UDI was very supportive of the City’s
endeavor. Abbotsford hosted two open houses for the public to find out more
about the proposals. More information on areas the City has identified as
potential industrial zones is
here.

UDI IN THE MEDIA


UDI’s State of the Market Q1 Report with
 Media Release
and  YouTube
video clip
 sent, highlighting that  Metro Vancouver multi-family home availability “fell off a
cliff” in both townhomes and apartments.

Thanks to our sponsor Terra Law.

Media coverage:  CKNW,
News
1130,
Vancouver
Sun,
The
Province,  Fairchild
Radio and TV News,
VancityHive,
Delta
Optimist,
City
TV (2:08 min. mark), 
Western
Investor,  
AM
730,
 Business
in Vancouver
Global
BC TV,  
Urban
YVR blog


UDI President & CEO Anne
McMullin advocates regional land-use plan with housing density around
transit on
Steele
and Drex (CKNW)
at 11:10 min mark.UDI Chair Jon Stovell, President of Reliance Properties says millennials,
and boomers who want to downsize, competing for same multi-family units in
short supply, on 
CBC
Almanac.

Anne
McMullin says we must all work together on creating more housing options
on
 CTV
News 
and in The
Globe and Mail.
Beau
Jarvis, senior Vice-President with Wesgroup Properties and Anne McMullin
advocate more multi-family options in single family neighbourhoods –
 Business
in Vancouver
.
Anne
McMullin talks transit-oriented development and kudos for Surrey growth
planning on 
CBC
The Early Edition with Rick Cluff 
(1:41
mark one hour, 41 minutes).
Anne McMullin,
questioned on NDP Housing Platform Cost
CBC
news
.UDI supports City of Vancouver Zero Emission Rezoning: Vancouver
Sun
Globe
& Mail
  Column
in Vancouver Sun
, Indo-Canadian
Voice
,  Globe
and Mail 2nd article
, Business
in Vancouver
.Anne McMullin on housing shortage impact on high-tech sector
employment
Vancouver
Sun
.Anne McMullin on the business burden of rising “highest, best use”
property taxes and impact on “mixed use” communities
Vancouver
Sun.

Stakeholders: Iain Black, President & CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of
Trade supports UDI goal of more diverse, affordable home supply, to help his
member businesses retain employees and a “Nexus”
pass for developers, one recommendation in 
Unlocking
Supply: Housing Affordability & the Missing Middle 
solutions-based report. Global
News
, Vancouver
Sun
The
ProvinceCBC
News
CBC
Podcast
Metro
NewsNews
1130
.

Anne McMullin podcast interview with realtor Keith Roy  on housing challenges and #MissingMiddle.

Density must increase by 40% to meet growth for next two
decades
BIV
News
.Anne McMullin criticizes lack of density in Vanc.’s False Creek Flats
development
 BIV
news
.

Need more multi-family
density, not monster homes:
CTV news video,
CTV
News online
.

REW.ca
Editor & Roundhouse Radio Real Estate Therapist host Joannah Connelly
interviews Anne McMullin:
Roundhouse
Radio podcast
.


Anne
McMullin on the need for development fee consistency between Okanagan municipalities:
BIV
News
.

GENERAL NEWS

UDI releases 2016/17 Annual Report

Bob Rennie interviews US Political Strategist Steve Schmidt. Video link.

UDI Golf Tournament Winners: South Street DevelopmentAnthem Properties

A UDI legal members’ analysis of: NDP/GREEN Housing Platform

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Full list of 2017/2018 Board of Directors here.

Rob Blackwell, Anthem
Chris Vollan, Rize Alliance
Virginia Bird, Pottinger Bird Community Relations
Diane Delves, Quantum Properties
Nic Paolella, Marcon Developments, Chair, U40
Gwen Tang, Concert Properties, Chair, Women of UDI
Hugh Carter, The Pollyco Group, Fraser Valley
Group
Representative

Kevin Edgecombe, Edgecombe  Builders, Chair, UDI
Okanagan Chapter

Jayne Bradbury, Fort Properties, Chair, UDI
Capital Region
Chapter

 

NEW MEMBERS

Vancouver
Aspen Enterprises, Bijaw Law Corp., Legendary Developments, Mountain Creations, Real Estate Foundation, of BC, Stroshin Management, Tricor Pacific Lands

Okanagan
City of Fort St. John, DiStefano Jaud Architecture

Fraser Valley
Dreamstar, LNG Studios

 

 

RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS

Thank-you for your lengthy, voluntary service to UDI, a total of 52 years!

Ward McAllister, Ledingham McAllister Properties (20 years)

Don Forsgren, Intracorp Projects (14 years)

David Negrin, Aquilini Development & Construction (11 years) 

Peter Webb, Concord Pacific Development  
(7 years)

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
UDI has many events offering networking, education & member engagement.
For example, check out our UDI Fraser Valley Forecast Lunch 2017“Strange things are Happening” with the four panelists pictured at right.
Additional events with registration links below. 
For more UDI events and to suggest or sponsor an event, please see  Event Calendar
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