City of Regina ranks # 1 in Canadian Home Builders’ Association Benchmark Study
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association ranked the City of Regina #1 overall in a benchmarking study comparing 23 municipalities from across Canada.
Cities were evaluated on a variety of factors which fall within three major elements that feed into housing affordability, providing tools and features to improve quality submissions, ensuring approvals are done in an expedient manner and housing costs stemming from government charges that get borne by buyers/renters.
Regina was rated first for its application approval timelines, ninth for keeping government fees and charges affordable, and eleventh for the structures and processes available to developers.
“This study confirms the impressive collaboration efforts between the City and the Regina and Region Homebuilders’ Association (RRHBA) in fostering our community’s economic prosperity,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “It’s a good progress report for the continuous improvements the City has been making with the development industry.”
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association represents one of the largest industry sectors in Canada and the RRHBA represents the Residential Construction Industry in the Greater Regina Area. Stu Niebergall, President and CEO stated, “We are proud of the collaborative approach we have developed with the City Administration and City Council. Our joint commitment to work together, and address difficult issues, has often resulted in better outcomes for housing affordability and Regina citizens, while keeping the economic engine of residential construction moving forward.”
The results illustrate the City’s commitment to our community and partners. However, it is recognized that there are still areas of improvement. Current and upcoming initiatives will further elevate the City of Regina as leaders in supporting the development industry by delivering on:
- Tools that allow applicants to track their applications’ status online
- A new online portal that will enable applicants to submit applications online
- Refining guiding documents, such as Neighbourhood Plans, to further clarify policy
- Focusing on growth-related engineering studies to support a growing city
- The continued collaboration with partners, including the RRHBA on Servicing Agreements, Development Levy and Intensification Fee Policies
“Ensuring our services have a customer-centric focus is a top priority at the City,” says Diana Hawryluk, Executive Director of City Planning and Development Services. “We have truly seen a transformational change within, which is reflective in the services being delivered to the development industry and residents.”
The City is committed to continuing the good work as we recover through COVID-19 as well as continuing the implementation of the recommended actions from the Building Permit and Inspection Service Review, undertaken in 2019. Work will continue with the development industry on improving process and programs that impact them.
The Municipal Benchmarking Study was undertaken in late 2019 and early 2020. To review the study, visit the Canadian Home Builders’ Association website.