October 22, 2018

Get Out and Vote!


Today’s the day to vote for the person you want to see serve your community as Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee in Ottawa.

Make sure to get out and have your voice heard!


GOHBA celebrates 35 years of
Housing Design Excellence


Left to Right: Michelle Richardson, Editor-in-Chief, Ottawa Citizen; Shneur Bielak and Marco Manconi of Neoteric Developments Inc. Credit: Justin Van Leeuwen of JVLphoto


Neoteric Developments won the Ottawa Citizen’s People’s Choice Award – one of four the company picked up.
Of the special achievement awards, Murray Chown of Novatech Engineering (and Chair of the Urban Infill Committee) was presented with the Colonel Boss Award for outstanding dedication and service to the association; Enercare & The Regional Group were both awarded with the Fred Neilson Award as companies that have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the association and the housing industry; and the late Friedemann Weinhardt of Design First Interiors was voted into the Enbridge Hall of Fame.

Click here for a list of winners. For even more details check out articles by All Things Home and the Ottawa Citizen. And for even more pictures and to get a vibe of the night’s festivities, check out the #GOHBAawards Twitter thread.

Thanks to our sponsors!



2018 RenoTour gets homeowners inspired


This year’s RenoTour, now in its fourth year, brought seven of GOHBA’s top RenoMark® renovators together in a parade format that let Ottawans visit seven renovated homes in one day. RenoTour is also GOHBA’s yearly fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families realize the goal of affordable home ownership.



For a deeper dive in to the projects featured, check out the Ottawa Citizen’s article. For more on the participants and how the day shaped up, click on the #RenoTour2018 Twitter thread.


Industry from across Ontario raise $20,000 for tornado victims


On September 21 Ottawa experienced a storm that damaged or destroyed a number of homes in neighbourhoods across the city. That following weekend GOHBA hosted the Ontario Home Builder’s Association’s provincial conference, and industry leaders from across the province were quick to show their generosity. 

During the OHBA President’s Gala, a table of provincial past presidents set the bar by pledging $3,000 to go to storm relief efforts. A challenge was sent out to the room to match, and in a matter of minutes $20,000 in pledges were raised.

The pledges were
announced at a press event by MPP Lisa MacLeod and City Councillor Jan Harder.


OHBA and GOHBA Past President Pierre Dufrense


GOHBA would like to thank the members and HBAs from across the province that contributed.  They showed that home builders, renovators, land developers and many others in the residential construction industry aren’t just people who work in the communities they build. They live there too.


GOHBA at 110 Laurier W.


Just because City Hall has been quieter in the build up to the election doesn’t mean that GOHBA stops working for you! Here are just a few things GOHBA has accomplished over the past few months:

  • GOHBA reached a settlement with the City on over 25 items in its OPA 150 appeal.  The settlement was approved by the Planning Committee on September 25 and by City Council on October 10.  It will be presented to LPAT on October 22.  The settlement provides clarity for a number of policies that were under appeal, and introduces some flexibility to policies as adopted by council including the replacement of ‘density requirements’ with ‘density targets’.
  • The City has agreed to a reduction in the percentage of single-detached homes for lands outside of the Greenbelt from a minimum 45% to 30%. The City will bring forward a City-initiated Official Plan amendment early in the new year to implement this agreement.
  • The City agreed to revise requirements for access to garbage storage areas that were included in a recent amendment to the zoning by-law.
  • We clarified the working relationship between City staff and panels of the Committee of Adjustment.

GOHBA has also been hard at work on the upcoming Development Charge Review:

  • The City will likely have a draft background study ready close to the end of the year. The final Background Study must be published by March 2019 – two months ahead of when a new temporary DC By-law must be approved by City Council. 
  • GOHBA has established a DC working group and retained Daryl Keleher of Altus Group, Paul Sarjeant of BA Consulting Group and Robert Howe of Goodmans LLP to work on the Background Study and DC Review. This same group worked with GOHBA during the previous review.
  • For the Background Study, GOHBA’s team will vet the eligibility for proposed inclusions to ensure that all elements that make up the new DC are fair and in accordance with the law.


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