2021 Construction, Land Development and Real Estate Industry
City of Red Deer Elections Information Site - Candidates
Asking questions that are important to our industry
The Building Industry and Land Development Association – Central Alberta, the Red Deer Construction Association and the Central Alberta Realtors® Association have been actively tracking changes that the Alberta Government has implemented as part of the announcement of a state of public health emergency in Alberta and how these will impact our live candidate forum originally scheduled for October 6th. With over 30 candidates and the anticipated audience size, the logistics and practicality of hosting the event and complying with the Province’s new guidelines has forced us to make the unenviable decision to cancel a live event and look for an alternative method to provide members and public the thoughts and opinions of the candidates on the issues that impact our industries.
As such, we are pleased to announce that we are co-hosting this special site where each candidate can provide viewers with their thoughts on the industry questions submitted to the event committee by our members.
The partnering organizations are non-partisan organizations, and do not endorse any specific candidate. We work with all elected officials at every level of government to advocate for the best business environment for our members and local businesses.
Who We Are and our Questions to the Candidates
Each association submitted two questions (listed below). We invited the candidates to answer one question from each association. The candidates had the option to submit in a video format or in a written format (pdf). The length of each answer is up to 45 seconds.
Building Industry and Land Development Association – Central Alberta (BILD Central Alberta)
Building Industry & Land Development - Central Alberta represents over 120 member businesses. We are the voice of the Central Alberta's residential construction industry.
Membership includes new home builders, renovators, land developers, trades, manufacturers, supplies, lenders and other professionals – the companies and people who provide Central Albertan's with quality housing. Members commit to act with integrity and professionalism in all aspects of their company’s operation.
“The City of Red Deer has historically administered a Land Bank. A portion of its activity is related to the development and retailing of residential, industrial, and commercial lands. What role do you believe the City should play with respect to participating in commercial or free enterprise activity in competition with private business?”
“Red Deer is experiencing significant competition for residential and commercial investment, particularly from Gasoline Alley but also other nearby municipalities. How could the city support the development industry to attract new citizens and grow our city and tax base?”
Central Alberta REALTORS® Association (CARA)
The Central Alberta REALTORS® Association (CARA) represents its 600 plus Realtor® members across a broad swath of Alberta from the Saskatchewan to the British Columbia borders and from a line east west from Camrose in the north to Sundre in the south. With Red Deer as it’s hub, It also includes such cities as Lacombe, and Camrose and towns such as Stettler, Blackfalds, Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka and Olds. The Association is over 60 years old having been founded in 1957 and can trace its community roots back even further in the area trade association founded just after the Second World War. Currently, the association is responsible for providing Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) service and support to its members, monitoring professional standards and adjudicating arbitration for its members, offering education opportunities to enhance member knowledge and professionalism and advocacy to local, provincial and federal officials on issues that impact the real estate industry affecting members and public alike. To date, in 2021 CARA members have been a part of over 5300 real estate transactions and are currently representing over 3600 homeowners with their listing needs.
With many homeowners looking for alternative housing opportunities for family and for other sources of income in the current economic landscape; how would you recommend that the City of Red Deer re-examine secondary suites for homeowners?
Our members have noticed that it can be difficult to inquire about the status of permits for properties when they are representing a Seller or counselling a Buyer on the purchase of a new home; do you have any thoughts on how it could be easier for Buyers and Sellers alike to obtain this information so a home sale could be a much less stressful process?
Red Deer Construction Association (RDCA)
The Red Deer Construction Association is a trade organization representing over 300 members across Central Alberta in the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional sectors. At the RDCA, we focus on 4 specific priorities including business opportunity, advocacy, safety/education and construction specific services to best serve our local members.
There has been a history among local business owners that the City of Red Deer is difficult to do business with. There is a zero percent risk tolerance mentality that has deterred businesses from growing within the City limits and caused them to relocate outside. Can you comment on how you would plan to change the City's current business culture to eliminate this and attract development?
The City is on it's 3rd City Manager in 4 years. The current has an interim tag. What do you believe are the qualities required for this position to drive success for the City in the coming years?
Meet the Candidates
Each candidate profile is linked to the Elections Red Deer website. Additional links are provided for those that submitted answers to the association's questions. See below:
(Candidates are not listed in alphabetical order)
For more information visit www.elections.reddeer.ca