Quarterly, UDI will be providing members with an update on our advocacy initiatives. Our “Advocacy at a Glance” update will provide members with a snapshot on the UDI’s top advocacy files and initiatives.
Renewed Development Agreement Parameters approved by City of Winnipeg
On May 30, 2023, Winnipeg City Council adopted the renewed Development Agreement Parameters (DAPs). The renewed DAPs were a result of 15 month process involving over 60 facilitated meetings between UDI members and City of Winnipeg administration from multiple city departments. The goals of this successful process were to update and simplify the Development Agreement Parameters, create a clearer distinction between the DAPs and Standards, and better align the DAPs with OurWinnipeg and Complete Communities 2.0. The adoption by council also included adopting an annual review of the DAPs so that both industry and the City can review and address any items within the DAPs on an ongoing basis.
Regional Planning for the Winnipeg Metro Region
UDI continues to be an active stakeholder with the province regarding moving forward on implementing a new Capital Planning Region for the WMR. Former Manitoba Home Builders’ Association President Michael Moore has been appointed chair of the new Capital Planning Region board by the Manitoba government.
City of Winnipeg’s Land Development Industry Advisory Group
UDI and senior city administration continue to meet regularly as the Land Development Industry Advisory Group to discuss issues impacting Winnipeg’s land development industry.
City of Winnipeg Development Permits
UDI and MHBA representatives continue to meet with City of Winnipeg officials to improve both intake and approval timeframes for development permits. Since November 2022, we have worked closely the public administration to identify and help resolve development permit application issues to help improve timelines for approvals and to clarify and streamline the application process.
City of Winnipeg Land Monitoring
UDI continues to meet with city planners to review and monitor Winnipeg’s commercial and residential land supply.
Provincial Election Outreach
On June 20th, UDI and MHBA’s boards of directors hosted a meeting with Premier Heather Stefanson to discuss issues important to our industries in advance of the upcoming 2023 provincial election. UDI and MHBA directors also met with Opposition Leader Wab Kinew on June 12th. Growing Manitoba’s economy, improving the affordability of housing, improving service levels at Manitoba Hydro, increasing immigration, addressing crime, and making Manitoba’s tax regime more competitive were just a few of the topics discussed during our meetings with the two party leaders.