A think tank report says the City of Calgary is stifling new home builds with a lot of red tape, compared to more development-friendly areas of the province.
Following a survey of homebuilders, the Fraser Institute has ranked Calgary 10th out of 12 municipalities along the Calgary-Edmonton corridor when it comes to residential development regulations.
Kenneth Green, co-author of the report says while Calgary city council talks about increasing density, its policies are doing the opposite and driving residential development into neighbouring municipalities.
Strathmore, the MD of Foothills, Cochrane, Airdrie and Okotoks rank in the top five spots.
They all earn higher marks from developers for having quicker approval times, better cooperation from council and a lower cost of complying with regulations.
The report finds permit approval times in Calgary average 13.5 months, compared to an average of 7.5 months for communities around the city.
*Calgary-Edmonton corridor municipalities (least regulated at the top):
2. Foothills No. 31
7. Sylvan Lake
9. Red Deer
11. Rocky View County
12. Strathcona County