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Feedback sought on proposed condo regulations

The territorial government is inviting input on proposed provisions to regulate condominium developments in the territory.

By Whitehorse Star on December 3, 2018

The territorial government is inviting input on proposed provisions to regulate condominium developments in the territory. The Yukon Party, however, sees problems with how the consultation is occurring.

The engagement, which began Tuesday, will run until Jan. 25, 2019.

The feedback received will help clarify such key procedures and requirements as:

• how condominium corporations are governed;

• amounts required to be set aside as reserve funds;

• owners’ rights and responsibilities;

• care and maintenance of common elements of a condominium corporation; and

• an owner’s entitlement to specific information from the developer or condominium corporation.

Yukoners will have the opportunity to attend two public information sessions on Jan. 10 and Jan. 23.

The sessions will be held in the Whitehorse Public Library meeting room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Yukoners can also provide feedback via an online survey or by mail.

“Condominiums are an important part of a healthy and diversified housing market in the Yukon,” Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee said Tuesday.

“It’s vital that Yukoners have the opportunity to shape the regulatory framework that will outline the rights and responsibilities of developers, condominium corporations and unit owners.”

Key documents and information related to the engagement are available on EngageYukon.ca.

The regulations are being developed to bring the Condominium Act, 2015, into force.

This is a key component of the Land Titles Modernization Project, which is updating the Yukon’s land titles regime with contemporary land and property development best practices.

The drafting of regulations will also be undertaken with the continued involvement of the Land Titles Modernization Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee and Drafting Advisory Committee.

Both committees include representatives who bring forward the broad interests of consumers, industry and governments.

The Yukon Party is calling on the government to provide copies of the draft regulations to allow Yukoners to provide feedback. The failure to do so “is preventing a true and meaningful consultation,” the party said Thursday.

“These important regulations will affect many Yukoners, but they certainly cannot provide meaningful feedback on regulations that they aren’t even allowed to see,” said Brad Cathers, the official Opposition Justice critic.

“This is similar to the government’s so-called ‘consultation’ on the Quartz Mining Act earlier this summer when they refused to share draft legislation with stakeholders.

“They have the opportunity to learn from that mistake and allow Yukoners to see the draft regulations so they can provide informed and meaningful input into these important regulations.”

If the draft regulations are shared, the Yukon Party said, the consultation would be more effective as Yukoners would be able to provide a proper response to the proposed changes.

“This latest issue with consultations comes after it was revealed that the Liberals’ biased electoral reform survey doesn’t even ask the key question of whether or not Yukoners actually want a change,” the Yukon Party said.

Comments (6)

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Lynx on Dec 9, 2018 at 9:50 pm

@politico - Yes I remember when Brad Cathers was forced by his campaign manager or something similar.. to cancel the affordable housing initiative that the City and a bunch of NGOs had agreed to. The landlords and real estate agents wanted to keep the housing market artificially inflated and tight for their own benefit at the expense of every one trying to find a place to live. So they pulled Cathers strings and he cancelled it.
This project would have used the money given to YG from the federal government SPECIFICALLY to support affordable rental housing. The money they sat on for like 8 years while people struggled to find housing. Then, because the money had to be spent on some kind of housing supports according to federal guidelines, the Yukon Party came up with the great idea to sink all of the money into the new gargantuan overbuilt Sally Ann building.
So they managed in the end to kill three birds with one stone. They spent the money on less fortunate people, somehow satisfying the federal rules, avoided further criticism that they were just sitting on the money and also appeased their realtor and landlord masters who demanded that the money not be spent to bring prices in the housing and rental market down. So at the end of the day, homeless people got a nice new tower downtown, no question a good thing, BUT this money was suppose to help increase the stock of rental units thereby helping those who need affordable housing. Low wage workers in town for example. I also think that the Sally Ann building is at least twice as large as it needed to be.

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Joy Bonser on Dec 9, 2018 at 11:03 am

Condo parking is a problem. Each condo unit should have an exclusive covered parking spot.
An area designated as "common" should remain for everyone's use. Parking should be angled for easy entry and exit.
No handicap private parking. Size width of the parking spaces should be increased to allow for walkers and large cars/truck door opening. That would effectively eliminate "handicapped" label parking.
There should be parking spaces for each unit/apartment without exception.

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Always Questions on Dec 6, 2018 at 8:15 pm

I've found myself volunteering for a Condo board and I am interested in this topic. I've read the proposed changes and I will complete the survey before deadline. First question is, how many condo corps have dedicated Board or staff, with time (duty) to address these changes? A condo corp of 2 is just, hmmm? CoW $$?

Registration and titles and dealings with YTG are not that cumbersome, I'm curious how these changes are going to filter down to 'Insurance' requirements?

We're starting to experience maintenance issues with plumbing (drainage), but then that brings environmental re: soils & contamination, this condominium is a mixed-use residential/commercial. Heads up to fellow condo boards, especially the 'pioneers' , check your fuel type & tanks & insurance, ... lots of things to consider...?

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LittleGuy on Dec 5, 2018 at 1:02 pm

It needs to be simple, affordable and flexible to allow for the diversity in condominiums in Yukon. For some completely unjustifiable reason, the City of Whitehorse allowed developers (presumably because it was cheaper for the developer to put in one water and sewer service instead of two) to build duplex condos. These duplex condos, although cheaper for the builder, result in higher costs for the individual duplex owners for everything from more expensive "commercial" insurance for their duplex, to having to be a condo corporation, complete with all the bells and whistles, to pay combined bills.

Can't the gov't and/or the City come up with a way to correct this "short term gain, long term pain" decision they made to create condos where none was necessary except to benefit the contractors?

Buyers and sellers beware, your condo duplex is not worth as much as a titled duplex with a common wall agreement.

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Max Mack on Dec 4, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Simple laws and regulations that don't drown folks in red ink and liability is what is needed. Instead, I'm sure this "modernization" project will result in a condo regulation and land title regime that is so burdensome that only fat cat corporations will be able to satisfy the law.

Real estate developers and property managers will be rubbing their hands in glee, whilst those excessive management costs will be passed onto the individual condominium owners.

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Politico on Dec 3, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Nice. Glad the Liberals are at least trying to move these regulations forward. Brad and the YP have sat on these for so long the old regulations have gone stale. Is that realtor still your campaign manager?

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