Municipalities want power to preserve natural areas

EDMONTON – Municipalities have asked the provincial government to give them more power to protect natural areas within their boundaries.

“We’re losing a lot of our natural areas — wetlands, tree stands, that sort of thing — and we don’t have the tools in the municipalities to protect them,” said Grant Pearsell, Edmonton’s natural areas co-ordinator and main author of the resolution.

Municipalities want power to preserve natural areas.

Shortage of Skills in the Built Environment

The Construction Industry Council launched their Professional Services Survey yesterday stated that the Built Environment industry requires 12,000 competent new professionals to enter the industry every year to meet demand as major projects such as the Olympics gather speed. Added pressure is being put on the industry because 20% of current CPS professionals could retire in the next 10 years.
Construction Industry Council (CIC)

Landscape Sacrificial – Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute called for a greater role for the profession in response to the Government’s ‘Draft Strategy for Sustainable Construction.’

Chair of the Landscape Institute Policy Committee Jon Lovell said landscape was often “the sacrificial lamb” on projects, which undermined both the environmental and commercial value of developments.

Responding to the document produced by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Lovell said: “Landscape is the glue which holds development schemes together and should be a first consideration and not an afterthought when developing a new scheme.”

Landscape \Sacrificial.

Hanoi City councils discuss improving weak planning and management

Poor infrastructure and traffic congestion top the agendas of the Ha Noi and HCM City municipal People’s Councils during their current sittings.

And both councils found that the shortcomings stemmed from inadequate planning and management.

Viet Nam News.

Crowded city challenges business recruiters

DEVELOPMENT Tenants looking for offices in uptown’s record tight market will have trouble finding space for at least the next year.

“There is a positive side,” said economic development recruiter Justin Hunt at the Charlotte Chamber. “It shows the vibrancy of downtown and corroborates what we tell people — but from a pure product standpoint, it does make things difficult.”

Charlotte Observer | 12/06/2007 | Crowded city challenges business recruiters.