Georgian Triangle Development Institute
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, November 26th, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
To begin, I would like to thank our board of directors, VP Ken Hale, Past President Alex Fleming, Treasurer Brett Thomas and director Brandon Simon for their work on the board this year. Also thank you again to Krystin Rennie who keeps us on track with communications, members meetings and administration.
Let’s quickly review the past year…
First initiative - Development Approval Review –TOBM
We began the year on January 14th with the GTDI hosting a developer forum to provide input on The Town of The Blue Mountains (TOBM) development process review being led by Dobbie Consulting. Thank you to all who attended and provided valuable input. The GTDI provided leadership and strong direction to the TOBM that resulted in a complete overhaul of the development approval process. While not completely free of process timeline and other challenges the new process is more customer service focused.
Real Estate Developer Forum
We had a very successful Real Estate Development forum on June 23. As highlighted in the Real Estate Development Forum there is a great need for Group Advocacy. The GTDI will continue to provide commentary to agencies on issues such as Bonus Densities and Conservation Authority Fees. However, we do not have organized support from our region’s Developers (both in membership, participation, and resources) to truly act on their behalf as group advocates. The municipalities and regulatory agencies know this.
It’s quite simple, the GTDI BOD is trying to understand if our organization will continue to be more of a lunch and learn organization or if there is a need and desire to expand and adapt our organization to include stronger group advocacy.
The GTDI BOD met with some South Georgian Bay developers in October to further these discussions. The reception was open with a desire to compile a set of development issue priorities and options to restructure our organization in such a way that the GTDI can really lead our industry in tackling larger, impactful initiatives. Ongoing work on this initiative will be communicated and reviewed with the entire GTDI membership as it develops. And I would like to thank our VP, Ken Hale for leading this initiative.
Members of the board attended the Collingwood Economic Development Strategy session held last Feb. 25 and many GTDI members responded to the Collingwood Strategic Plan Survey in June.
The GTDI also sits on the TOBM Economic Development Committee where the focus this year has also been on the Development Approval Process but within the TOBM Business Retention and Expansion priorities. The top two priorities presented to council are:
Priority #1 - Support the evolution of the staff culture as facilitators of growth. Change the role of staff from processors of applications to facilitators of growth.
Priority Recommendation #2
Update and engage businesses as changes to the Planning and Development process are implemented. This of course would include the GTDI
Proposed GTDI Initiatives for 2016:
Initiative to attract more developers to GTDI and investigate options for reorganization as required and supported by membership.
TOBM Development Approval Review , TOBM Economic Development Committee, Collingwood ED ongoing involvement.
Continued monitoring of local planning initiatives (e.g. Official Plan Amendments, Development Charge Studies, etc.) and their potential impacts to the Georgian Triangle development industry”
Improve awareness of development market activity, successes and challenges in our region, become a resource for development industry.
Advocate for advancing slow or stalled development of Shipyards, Admiral Place, Blue Mountain and Airport lands.