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Thursday, August 27, 2020
New & Updated City of Lethbridge Development Permits 
Forms & Checklists - effective September 1, 2020
 
Based on feedback received from the industry, the City Of Lethbridge created application forms and checklists that are specific to the type of application being made (versus the previous generic one size fits all application). These new forms are not expected to result in an increased administrative burden but rather provide some efficiencies. 

You will also note that the forms also reflect the recent Land Use Bylaw number change from 5700 to 6300.

 
*NEW* 
ABANDONED WELLS CONFIRMATION NOW required with each Subdivision or Development Permit Application
 
The Municipal Government Act's Subdivision and Development Regulations require developers and property owners applying for a subdivision or development permit to identify the location of abandoned wells during planning and to appropriately address them in the proposed development.

Starting September 1, an Abandoned Wells Confirmation Form will be required to  be submitted will all subdivision or development permit applications. 

Applicants will have to search on the AER’s website (see FAQ link below) to determine if there is a well in the vicinity and sign off the form if there isn’t, or, if there is a well, they will have to follow the process laid out in the directive and 
fill out the pertinent sections on the new "Abandoned Wells Confirmation" form.
 
Background:
Directive 079 - Surface Development in Proximity to Abandoned Wells
Frequently Asked Question, including how to determine if there is an well in the proposed development area.

Starting September 1, the new forms can be found https://www.lethbridge.ca/Doing-Business/Documents-Forms/Pages/default.aspx or by calling a permit technician at 403-320-3920

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Executive Officer, Bridget Mearns

City of Lethbridge 

Face Covering Bylaw: Guide for Business


 

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE P.O.S.T. PROMISE?

What is The P.O.S.T. Promise?

The POST Promise is a self-declaration that a business is working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Once completed, a business is provided with the necessary communication and implementation tools to educate employees on the five key steps to workplace safety, which were created to be consistent with what has been recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Businesses who make the promise will be able to use and prominently display the POST Promise logo which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect their customers’ and employees’ health and safety as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Participating business can also purchase a kit which will include additional communication tools like window decals, posters and tent cards which can be used to further build awareness of their commitment within their place of business

LEARN MORE

Housing Data Reports for July 


Each month BILD Alberta compiles housing information from CMHC and AREA to provide a snapshot of regional and provincial housing stats. Reports lag one month due to collection cycles.  The most current reports are below:
 


Lethbridge Housing Report - July 2020
Alberta Housing Report - July 2020
Other cities in Alberta  


SAVE THE DATE -

BILD Alberta Awards - September 10, 2020



Despite the unusual times we are excited be celebrating this year's award finalists during an online ceremony presented by The Alberta New Home Warranty Program Thursday, September 10 at 3:00 pm.

Good luck to Ashcroft Master Builders and Stranville Living who are finalists in 5 categories.

Click here to view the finalists gallery.

Lumber shortage putting strain on building industry – CBC

Contractors say they're postponing major wood deck and fence installations until next year, because a shortage of pressure-treated lumber has been making it tough – and expensive – to source materials over the past few months. It's a trend that's being felt across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic sparked peoples' interest in projects around the house, said Copp, but also temporarily shut down lumber mills. …a 1x6x6 fence board used to cost $3.26. Now, lumber yards charge as much as $5 or more for the same piece of wood. Ovsenek said he actually feels uncomfortable selling new jobs, with 50 to 75-per cent increases in the price of lumber… he's focusing his efforts on providing estimates and converting potential customers to alternative materials, such as PVC and vinyl.   READ MORE...

Commentary: There is a growing concern about escalating construction costs—driven by rising input prices, particularly for lumber—and supply shortages, which have already begun to impact residential construction costs and timelines, and unchecked, will exacerbate housing affordability and could undermine economic recovery. Some builders are considering pulling lots off the market because they cannot confidently price construction or be certain they can meet key building milestones and, as per the CBC article, some renovators are pushing work to 2021. 

In Lethbridge, like across the country, it is become increasing difficult to secure lumber supply. The shortage is also affecting lumber prices. It has been reported that OSB has risen to $32 from what was $7.50 a few months ago. 2x6 has risen from $0.65 to $1.10. The current shortage and subsequent price increases are a result of a combination of factors, including early 2020 forecast for low demand before the pandemic, the impact of COVID-19, transportation issues, and much stronger summer demand than anticipated. 
 
CHBA has engaged the federal government, offering some RECOMMENDATIONS to address and offset these costs, and further reached out Wood Council of Canada, the Forest Products Association of Canada, Western Retail Lumber Association, Fenestration Canada, and NAIMA to discuss ongoing concerns. 

 

Immigration to Alberta down by two-thirds


International immigration accounted for over half of Alberta’s population growth last year, but has been severely hampered by the pandemic.

The number of permanent residents admitted into Alberta from other countries over the second quarter of 2020 was down by 65 per cent (-8,130 people) compared to the same period last year.

Arrivals slowed to just 680 in April, but climbed to 2,200 in June. The arrivals in June were, however, still 49 per cent lower than they were 12 months earlier.  READ MORE...
 

Alberta has the highest mortgage deferral rates in Canada - CBC


Around one-in-five mortgages in Alberta remains in deferral, the highest rate of any province in the country, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

CMHC president and CEO Evan Siddall said in a tweet on Tuesday that as of July, 21 per cent of mortgages in Alberta were deferred.

The next highest deferral rates were in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, tied at 14.8 per cent. 

"Deferrals in oil-producing regions are evidently elevated," he wrote.

Quebec had the lowest rate at 5.6 per cent.

Siddall said around 11 per cent of all homeowner transactional insured mortgages are in deferral across the country, and that factors like unemployment rates and government supports will play a role in deferrals and house prices going forward.

Low oil prices had already hit Alberta's economy hard before the coronavirus pandemic.  READ MORE...

September is right around the corner.

Corporate and Continuing Education registration is now open!

Information on upcoming courses
 
Funding may be available through the Canada Alberta Job Grant of up to $10,000 per trainee per year. Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of 1/3 of the total training costs.

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is an employer-driven program that helps employers invest in training for current and future employees.

Find more information at:
Canada-Alberta Job Grant Overview
Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide
That your Association has an Inspected Jobsite Program. We conduct random jobsite inspections for safety compliance preformed by Safety Committee volunteers. The inspections are designed to be educational and not punitive, though should an issue be identified the member is contacted for correction.

BILD Lethbridge Region Builder Members walk the talk when it comes to safety! 
What is it?
  • An initiative of the Safety Committee of BILD Lethbridge Region
  • A program that showcases clean and safe building sites
  • Open to all builder members
  • Program designed to help differentiate BILD Lethbridge members from other non-members
  • Program designed to encourage the sub-trades on site to act safe and be responsible
A big thank you to our Safety Committee volunteers inspectors!  
COVID-19 Resource List
 
The BILD Lethbridge website has a dedicated page that contains links to the provincial, federal and municipal programs and updates for your easy reference. You can find it HERE .
 
Other helpful main links:
 
City of Lethbridge Permit Report
Alberta Economy - Indicators at a Glance (August 21)
CMHC Housing Market Information Portal
CREA Housing Market Statistics National Price Map

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS? COMMENTS?
bridget@bildlethbridge.ca 
We are always here to assist you

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