The Urban Development Institute (UDI) supports strong steps by the Federal Government to streamline the environmental review system and reduce duplication with Provincial processes. Details announced by the Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver on Tuesday 17 April 2012, to clear regulatory hurdles for small projects and hand responsibility of review processes for major projects to the Provinces, is a significant step forward.
The UDI is the premier industry body representing over 600 of British Columbia’s leading residential, commercial, industrial and institutional developers who collectively generate over $30 billion worth of economic activity in the Province each year. UDI Executive Director Maureen Enser said, “With these reforms, the Government has recognised the issues and constraints of inefficient regulatory processes on business and economic growth. Further, the reforms strengthen environmental protection by requiring Provincial review processes to be consistent with the standards of Federal requirements.”
Ms Enser said, “This is a win-win result for the environment and business”. “Under the previous system, Provincial and Federal Governments duplicated many of the same regulatory processes and projects were being held up by bureaucratic indecision.”
Ms Enser said, “These new changes will enable project proponents to deal with a single relevant Government and one stop process for environment review. The rules will also enable a greater say for Provinces over their own economic development.” Ms Enser said, “UDI members and sustainable development practices are amongst the beneficiaries of this important Federal Government initiative.”
The Urban Development Institute is the premier industry body representing over 600 of British Columbia’s leading residential, commercial, industrial and institutional developers. The urban development industry in BC generates $30 billion worth of economic activity and over 250,000 jobs for the Province each year. Our mandate is to promote wise and efficient land use, good planning and progressive development practices that support sustainable development.