Canadian Home Builders Association:
Recognizing that private enterprises and the City of Lethbridge co-exist in the acquisition and sale of land for commercial and residential activity, what role do you see the City playing in land development?

A

 

Burke

Answer

The sale and acquisition of land needs to be fair and competitive between both the City of Lethbridge as well as private enterprises.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

Answer

The City of Lethbridge is responsible for planning, regulation and oversight with concern for the overall composition of neighbourhoods and business districts. A cooperative dialogue with private enterprise and homebuilders is essential to ensure success and to build successful communities.

M

 

Campbell

Answer

Much like the collaboration between the city of Edmonton and the people who wanted the Rogers Center. There was tremendous acrimony during that negotiation. But there was discussion, compromise and a willingness to get a job done that was the best possible decision. It got done. Everything can get done with the right mindset.

J

 

Carlson

Answer

Status Quo. Lethbridge Land (RELD) has a fairly small share of residential land development, but uses the return on investment to fund things like Parks, Habitat for Humanity, and Social Housing. This allows us to keep tax-supported costs for these projects to a minimum. In City owned developments, there is also a greater opportunity for smaller, independent home builders to access lots. Our main focus is in industrial land development, which requires large up-front investment, with a relatively longer term return on investment, but is necessary to the stable growth of our business sector.

J

 

Coffman

Answer

The next Council needs to publicly discuss the question, “Why is the City of Lethbridge in the business of residential land development?” This conversation would determine if the original purpose is still valid, given that private residential land developers exist in our community. Regardless of the outcome of this conversation, City Council must establish a Land Strategy Standing Committee tasked with overseeing the City’s involvement in property transactions, public policies and standards to which the Organization’s land holdings are managed by the Administration.

B

 

Crowson

Answer

Lethbridge Land is a company set up by the City of Lethbridge in the 1940s and its purpose is to work on developments that would not be done by private enterprise. The purpose of Lethbridge Land is to focus on community needs not met by other developers, to put community development above profit, and to ensure that the needs and vision of the City of Lethbridge are met through their designs and development.

C

 

Germshied

Answer

If the city owns and controls the land they can easier zone and sell to developers according to their visions and plans.

Z

 

Gibb

Answer

The city needs to take a leadership position in terms of designating land for certain uses, in order to manage development and ensure environmental sustainability. Once land has been designated for commercial use by private enterprises, the city should work cooperatively with them to meet their needs.

B

 

Ginther

Answer

I think that the City, given that it does own some land/property, is in a good position to take the lead in development of land and property. The very fact that the City has the ability and the departments to ensure that all infrastructure work is done in a timely manner, makes it the best avenue to take the lead in development,

M

 

Heavy Head

Answer

Ensuring that the People of Lethbridge will not be adversely affected by land development (such as fracking, or other pollutant industries) is within the interest of the public. The city has a responsibility to safeguard against such "developments" from occurring.

R

 

Hoffarth

Answer

The city needs to regulate and manage development in order to ensure that municipal services such as transportation, policing, fire-protection, emergency services, schools, sewage, power and a host of other considerations do not leave the city with responsibilities, financial or operational, that have not been recognized, and would be unacceptable to the public. Developments must first be attractive to potential suitors or they cannot succeed, so the city must work with developers to balance that spectrum of demands with constraints that reflect the City's need to provide services and extract good value for money.

B

 

Hyggen

Answer

I support private enterprise land development but also support the role the City plays in land development. City revenues generated from residential land sales are utilized to fund projects such as the ATB Centre, renovation to nature centre and school site developments to name a few. If the City was not involved in land development, these funds would most likely come from taxation via property tax. In addition to residential land sales, currently, the City of Lethbridge is the only developer of heavy industrial serviced land in the community.

L

 

Iwaskiw

Answer

The system we have now seems to be working well and if it needs improvement I would like to hear from those who think so.

R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

K

 

Layton

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

S

 

MacLeod

Answer

If we are going to expand outward, the city planners must work with the land owners or developers on land acquisitions. If we are going to expand upward for condo's, the city planners must ensure the infrastructure is in place and construction is adequate to support ongoing needs for future residents.

J

 

Mauro

Answer

For commercial activity, the city has no choice but to be involved because no other land owner/ developer takes on that responsibility. However for residential, the city should not be involved because it competes unfairly with the private sector because it has deep pockets it can go to when needed; the tax payer. The private sector goes to the bank to borrow. The other troublesome thing is that the city can pick winners and losers as to who can build in their residential developments even though its taxpayers money footing the bill. The city also controls, through decisions made my council, where new residential developments occur.....city owned land versus private owned land?!?!?

D

 

Mikuliak

Answer

The City should not compete against local private business in this area nor should it use their buying advantage to increase the value of land for local businesses and developers. We want to attract business and entrepreneurship - not be in competition with it.

R

 

Miyashiro

Answer

I see the City continuing to play a similar role in land development unless private developers can help create a system to keep revenue levels for the City to be consistent with historical revenues (higher off site levies?) derived from Lands and Real Estate.

R

 

Morrell

Answer

The City would have to always be involved in the sale or development of land for commercial and/or residential activity.  It is the responsibility of council to foresee potential growth and anticipate the viability of the city as a whole.

N

 

Paladino

Answer

I hear some developers have issues here. The general mood is that the City should only be in the land development business where private developers aren't...Industrial for example. There's a perceived conflict when the City competes with private land developers for residential uses. There are concerns, given the ever increasing off-site levies and their control.

R

 

Parker

Answer

It is key that the City play a role in land development. The city must be mindful of the scope within land development. The city must also be strategic in making sure that investments in land be for the betterment of the community.

H

 

PEREVERSEFF

Answer

I strongly believe that the City should NOT be involved in land development as this is best left in the hands of land developers for obvious reasons. When the City requires development for direct municipal purposes, the City should collaborate with developers to ensure specific needs are addressed.

J

 

Pogorzelski

Answer

Developing bylaws that ensure high standards are followed by all developers (green spaces, community gathering places, meeting infrastructure standards etc).

L

 

Saloff

Answer

The city has a role to prevent "Sprawling", we need to maintain the same level of services Lethbridge has for the rest of the city. We need to maintain the water, public transportation, civil services and the EMS.

J

 

Shackleford

Answer

The City has a huge part in land acquisition and development. The city owns the land for both entryways of another future bridge here in Lethbridge so that was a smart purchase. The city works with our home builders in making land available for builders to purchase and begin new subdivisions in our city. The city also makes land in the industrial park attractive to outside businesses to come to Lethbridge and set up shop creating good jobs for young people and hundreds of jobs in the trades to build them.

C

 

Spearman

Answer

The city has to ensure land and servicing is available in a cost effective manner. We need to keep up with growth. The city needs to provide a high level of service and clear direction to encourage and sustain an environment for continued growth and investment. Our neighbourhoods need to be well designed to sustain quality of life. The city needs to be solution oriented in supporting commercial development activity.

J

 

Takahashi

Answer

Regardless of who is running the development the city should pass by-laws that mandate multi-family dwellings, low income housing, and retail space that is affordable to small business. To many of the retail areas in developments are only affordable to corporations and that is not supportive of our community. Affordable housing is a challenge in this city. Many municipalities have by-laws that incorporate multi-family and affordable housing into all new developments. This is the sensible and right thing to do.

B

 

Thurber

Answer

I believe that the City RELD should first be working on those items that fulfill a greater community need primarily affordable housing opportunities and then commercial and industrial land. I believe a review of the City practices within the development of residential lots should be undertaken to truly determine if that is a business the City should be in and to what extent.

S

 

Watson

Answer

I believe the city needs to makes sure that when they approve land developments they are meeting the goals of the city to identify social, economic and environmental impacts, as well as make sure the bylaws and permitting processes are easy to understand and follow. Considerations for current occupants of the adjacent lands are vitally important, and we need to make sure any developments are created in consultation with their neighbours, especially when the land use is different.

D

 

Wiggers

Answer

I believe that the City should restrict its role in land acquisition & development to providing infrastructure services, unless it is for creating or building Public Spaces.

R

 

Woss

Answer

I would like to see the City withdraw from the business of land development / real estate. Rather, it should focus on curbing urban sprawl and providing economically and environmentally sound guidelines for development. I would also advocate for a light trespass bi-law which would cure a multitude of social and environmental problems.