Knowing the facts

Smarter Growth Initiative aims to educate public about homebuilding and development industry

Guy Huntingford knows the value of providing people with useful and interesting information.

After all, the CEO of BILD Calgary Region was once in the newspaper business, as a publisher at both the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun.

That background gave him the spark needed to put together the Smarter Growth Initiative, a BILD-affiliated entity whose tagline is “fostering conversation about urban development,” nearly four years ago.

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From soup to nuts

Behind-the-scene details of how communities in Calgary come to life

For casual observers, it might appear that new neighbourhoods just sprout from the ground overnight.

In fact, those first show homes only come after years of planning and negotiation.

“When people see the graders out there, people think that’s the start of a community, but it starts long before,” said Brookfield Residential senior manager of strategic initiatives Grace Lui.

In the case of Brookfield’s up-and-coming Livingston development in north Calgary, for example, grading might have started this year, but land acquisition took place 15 years ago. The new community, which will be comprised of 10,000 homes on 514 hectares of land just north of Stoney Trail, will welcome its first show homes in 2017. (more…)

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The shift is on

Calgary demographics influence housing

Calgarians, characterized in a recent report as among the youngest in Canada, are altering the city’s housing landscape through a unique set of needs and wants, including a more diverse rental market, work/live spaces, home offices and multi-generational housing.

In its recently released The Changing Face of Calgary report, Urban Development Institute – Calgary and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary note the median age in Alberta (major urban centres) is a nation-low 36.5 years, and as the “population bulge trends toward youth, housing needs shift.” (more…)

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