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  • May 31, 2021 10:07 AM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The Region of Durham's Planning & Economic Development Committee will be reviewing report 2021-P-17 (Planning Application Processing Fees and Charges) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.  

    The report's next stop will be at Regional Council, and if passed, the new fees will come into effect on July 1, 2021.

    The new fees are as follows:

    Area Municipal Official Plan Amendment (AMOPA)

    Exempt Review Fee $3,500

    Non-exempt Review Fee $5,000

    Plan of Subdivision and Condominium

    Delegated Municipalities (Ajax, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Whitby)

    Subdivision Review Fee $5,000

    Subdivision Review Fee – additional phases $3,000

    Condominium Conversion Review Fee  $2,000

    Phased Condominium Review Fee $2,000

    Vacant Lot Condominium Review Fee $2,000 

    Non-delegated Municipalities (Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge)

    Review Fee $6,000

    Final Approval Fee $1,500

    Major Revision $1,500

    Review Fee – subdivision – additional phases $3,000

    Consent (severance, lot line adjustment, etc.)

    Application Fee $1,350

    Stamping Fee $1,000

    Site Plan

    Minor Review Fee for applications made under the Aggregate Resources Act $1,000

    Major Review Fee for applications made under the Aggregate Resources Act $5,000 

    Other Fees

    Costs to administer Peer Review study (per peer review round) $500

    Minor Minister’s Zoning Order Amendment application review $1,500

    Major Minister’s Zoning Order Amendment application review $5,000

    LPAT Appeal processing fee $500

    Interested members can view the livestream of the meeting here.

  • May 28, 2021 2:42 PM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The Region of Durham began development of a 20-year Long-term Waste Management Plan in 2020.  Regional council approved guiding principles, a vision and five objectives for the new Waste Plan earlier this year and staff are now developing draft targets and actions to support meeting the objectives.  This fall, staff will launch a public consultation that will include an online open house with a survey and virtual town hall for live questions and answers.  Public consultation is expected to launch in mid-September and be completed in mid to late October.

    Details of the approved guiding principles, vision and objectives along with background information on the work completed so far and the archived 2020 public consultation can be found on their website: www.durham.ca/WastePlan.  Details and links to the 2021 public consultation efforts will also be posted on this page when available.

    The Region of Durham welcomes the input from members of the Durham Region Home Builders' Association.

  • May 28, 2021 2:34 PM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is hosting an engagement session on Ontario's proposed Land Use Compatibility Guide on Tuesday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The accompanying ERO posting can be found here outlining the details of the proposed Land Use Compatibility Guidelines changes

    Interested members should register for the session and please direct any feedback to Alex Piccini, Manager of Government Relations, OHBA, to assist OHBA in developing an association response.  The deadline to submit comments on the ERO posting is July 3, 2021.

  • May 19, 2021 10:01 AM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks have posted proposal details for draft Regulations to support recent amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act.  Posted to the Environmental Registry of Ontario for public consultation until June 27th, the proposal can be accessed via the following link: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-2986 with additional detail found in the Consultation Guide accessible here.

    On December 8, 2020, Bill 229, the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020, which made changes to both the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act, received Royal Assent.  Those changes aim to:

    • Improve consistency and transparency of the programs and services that CAs deliver;         
    • Provide additional oversight for municipalities and the province; and
    • Streamline CA permitting and land use planning reviews to increase accountability, consistency and transparency. 

    Where We Are Now:

    The MECP is now moving forward with the first of two phases of regulatory proposals to implement the changes detailing the requirements for programs and services (bullet one above), and how they should be implemented.  New regulations are being proposed to focus CAs on their code mandate by prescribing mandatory programs and services that they must provide, give municipalities greater control over what CA programs and services they will fund, and to require Community Advisory Boards.
    Specifically, the first phase of proposals for the proposed regulations are focused on the following:

    • Mandatory programs and services conservation authorities would be required to provide, including core watershed-based resource management strategies.
    • A requirement for agreements between conservation authorities and their participating municipalities for the use of municipal levies to fund non-mandatory programs and services an authority determines are advisable in its jurisdiction
    • The transition period to establish those agreements including an inventory of the authority’s programs and services, the consultation process with participating municipalities on the inventory, and steps taken to enter into these agreement(s) with participating municipalities for the use of municipal levies for these non-mandatory programs and services
    • The consolidation of the current individual conservation authority ‘Conservation Area’ regulations made under Section 29 of the Conservation Authorities Act into one Minister’s regulation.  This would set out, for example, prohibited activities and activities requiring permits on conservation authority owned lands.
    • Requirements for each conservation authority to establish a community advisory board to include members of the public, and how they may be governed.

    Next Phase:
    The second phase of proposed regulations under the Conservation Authorities Act, which the MECP will consult on next will include:

    • Municipal levies governing the apportionment of conservation authority capital and operating expenses for mandatory programs and services and for non-mandatory programs and services under municipal agreement.
    • Provisions pertaining to municipal appeals of conservation authority municipal levy apportionments, including who would hear those appeals.

    Your Input: 

    We welcome members to review the regulatory proposals and the Consultation Guide and send any comments to OHBA Manager of Government Relations, Alex Piccini apiccini@ohba.ca no later than Friday, June 18th to assist in forming an association response.  We will also keep you informed as additional material comes forward.

  • May 18, 2021 3:05 PM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    Is Home Ownership Still a Reality?  Register Now!

    Ontario’s current housing market is challenging many to reconsider home ownership, but we can’t ignore the elephant in the room, that Ontario continues to be a destination for more people and that means we need to continue to plan new communities and build more homes.

    At this time, municipal and regional governments across Ontario are making their plans for the future of housing in their communities, and the RBC polling data gives us some insights into how #homebelievers are feeling about today’s housing market, and what they need in the future.

    OHBA welcomes all members, municipal and regional representatives and government and elected officials to join OHBA for this important webinar as we dive into the recent RBC Spring Housing Poll and discuss why almost 40% of Ontarians under 40 have given up on the dream of owning a home. 

    Register Here

  • May 18, 2021 3:03 PM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The Durham Region Home Builders' Association has been working with the Town of Whitby over the last several months to create a Building Industry Liaison Team that will allow members of the building industry and municipal staff to meet and discuss issues, upcoming programs, plans and bylaws.

    The first meeting is scheduled to take place this Fall, and attendance will be limited.  If you are interested in being a part of the Building Industry Liaison Team, please contact Stacey as soon as possible to be added to the list.

  • May 18, 2021 1:52 PM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The Town of Whitby passed their new development charge bylaw at last night's council meeting.

    Report FS 28-21 was brought forward and passed unanimously by council. Council also passed the new development charge bylaw.

    The new rates are as follows:

    The new development charge bylaw comes into effect on June 1, 2021.

    Through work done by the stakeholder group organized by DRHBA, the rate increase for a single/semi was reduced by $7,551.  The group also ensured that needed infrastructure projects were included in the DC.

  • May 18, 2021 12:10 PM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The Ontario Home Builders' Association (OHBA) is looking to connect with builder members warranty service departments to access the current COVID impacts on warranty service, the impact of virtual inspections and the conciliation processes, along with ongoing concerns regarding Tarion application of CPG or other warranty specific issues.

    OHBA welcomes both freehold and condominium members to attend and participate.  

    The session will be held on Friday, May 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Register for the session here.

  • May 18, 2021 11:42 AM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The City of Oshawa is currently undergoing a parking study.  In September, IBI Group gave a presentation to members, and DRHBA followed up with this letter.

    City staff have responded and provided the following answers to DRHBA's questions:

    Q1:  Are there any other intensification areas other than those listed that could be considered for reduced parking standards (i.e. transit spines, or regional corridors such as Taunton Road, Harmony Road, Highway 2, Simcoe Street, etc.)?

     A1:  As part of an add-on requested by City of Oshawa staff the Citywide parking study is analyzing regional corridors and local corridors and providing recommendations regarding suggested required parking rates for residential uses in those areas.  As part of the planning exercise to follow the parking study, City staff may also consider whether local central areas and transit spines should also have reduced required parking for residential uses.  Attached is a composite map that indicates the areas looked at as mapped in the City’s Official Plan.

    Q2:  With the proposal to increase private garage dimensions from 5.75m to 6.2m, will there be a grandfathering clause or any relief for those developments that are well into the building permit application and approval process with the City?

    A2:  If the recommendation from IBI to increase garage dimensions from 2.75m to 3m by and 5.75m to 6.2m was to ultimately get implemented into the Zoning By-law and become a requirement; consideration of “grandfathering” developments that have been approved through the planning process or at the building permit process will have to be considered.   An example where the City did this previously is Article 6.2.2 in Zoning By-law 90-64 “Notwithstanding the regulations set out in Table 6.2 to the contrary, any and all single detached dwellings constructed or to be constructed on lots or parts of lots within a plan of subdivision registered after January 1, 1987 and zoned R1-C may have a minimum front yard depth of 6.0 m.” This is something that can be considered when the City moves forward with a zoning amendment, but would not necessarily be part of the parking study itself.

    Q3:  What is considered to be multi-unit residential? Is it just apartments or does this include townhouses?

    A3:  In the Zoning By-law permits a range of “multi-unit” residential uses, those uses, and other uses, were listed on slide 17 and 18 of the presentation to DRHBA.  If there are specific questions to specific uses staff would be happy to discuss.  To answer the question posed at this time, the only multi-unit residential use that would take the form of a townhouse would be stacked townhouses, which is considered and apartment building as defined by the Zoning By-law.

    In addition to the response above the final parking study report is now available for review and comment here: Parking Study - City of Oshawa (esolutionsgroup.ca)

    Please review and provide comments to Morgan Jones via email at mrjones@oshawa.ca.  If you have any questions about the amendments please direct them to Morgan as well via the email address above, or by phone at 905-436-3311 ext 2536. 

    Comments are to be provided no later than June 4, 2021.

  • May 17, 2021 11:47 AM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

    The Durham Region Home Builders' is saddened to announce that Mario Veltri has passed away.  Mario was a lifetime member of the DRHBA, and served as president of the association in 1970 and 1986. 

    A highly respected man, both within the home building industry and by his friends and associates, earned his reputation through hard work, dedication and bravery.

    "I've known Mario for over 40 years, and Mario ran his home building business like he ran his life, with the highest of integrity, honesty and always wanting to do the right thing for his purchasers and his community," says Peter Saturno, president of Midhaven Homes and past president of DRHBA and OHBA.  "Mario's passing has left a void, not only in his family, but also in the home building family in Durham Region, as well as all of the communities he has contributed to over his life."

    Mario Veltri was born in Calabria, Italy in 1932, and immigrated to Canada in 1953.  Upon his arrival in Canada, he obtained employment with the Canadian National Railroad in Manitoba and Halifax. 

    Six months later, he moved to Ontario.  When a potential employer refused to hire him, Mario did not get discouraged.  Instead, he picked up a shovel.  His tenacity paid off, and he was the last man hired for the job.

    He moved on to Pigott Construction, building the south plant of General Motors of Canada on Park Road.  From there, he worked as labourer for a builder in Scarborough, where he worked his way up to become the superintendent of a building.

    He returned to Italy in 1962, where he met and married his wife Anna, and the two returned to make their home in Canada.

    He incorporated Marianna (a combination of his wife’s name and his) Developments in 1964 and quickly earned a respected reputation as a builder of fine homes in several communities throughout Durham Region and the surrounding areas.  His scope was not limited to creating high quality residential homes, and he expanded his portfolio to include several high-rise rental and commercial properties.

    In 1977, he built the Veltri Complex, which is nine stories high and is situated in the downtown core of Bowmanville; in1992, he developed the Harmony Creek Golf Centre in Oshawa and in 1998, he was a partner in constructing Boundary Mall.

    Mario supported many charitable organizations, including local hospitals and the Durham Region Cancer Centre.

    Throughout his career, Mario has received many awards honouring his dedication, including the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) Community Service Award in 1994, and the Business Person of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce in 1993.

    Outside of the business world, Mario is known as a dedicated family man.  He was married to his wife, Anna, almost 50 years and had four children, Frank, Nina, Gino and Lisa.  He is also survived by  five grandchildren, Mario Jr., Deanna, Emmalisa, Zachariah and Arianna and one great granddaughter, Eve Francesca.

    A private visitation, funeral mass and burial will be held for the immediate family only.  A celebratory mass in Mario's honour will be scheduled at a later date.

    The obituary can be found here.

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