The Key Reason Why Government Software Projects Succeed (or Fail)

The Key Reason Why Government Software Projects Succeed (or Fail) There’s a critical juncture in nearly every government software implementation when a project can teeter between success and failure. A successful implementation project aligns the 3 pillars of ‘people, platform, and process.’ When these foundational elements fall out of alignment, a project is put at […]

More Key Outcomes from a Successful Permitting System Modernization

More Key Outcomes from a Successful Permitting System Modernization The pressing need to transform regulatory processes to alleviate the Affordable Housing Crisis is increasingly resulting in loosely defined ‘low code’ mandates to equip rapid and widespread digital transformation. Although admirable in their ambitions, the recent increase of initiatives sacrificing definitive project deliverables in favor of […]

The Key Outcomes From a Successful Permitting System Modernization

The Key Outcomes From a Successful Permitting System Modernization Accelerated by the pandemic, the movement to digitally transform government services is so universal now that those agencies pursuing rapid adoption scenarios are running the risk of the advance hype falling far short of the bottom-line results from such transformations. This is particularly true in the […]

Encouraging News from the Frontlines of the Housing Crisis

Encouraging News from the Frontlines of the Housing Crisis In recent years, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver specifically have represented the ‘front lines’ of the affordable housing crisis. A 2023 analysis ranked British Columbia as the province with the highest cost of living in Canada with Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and […]

Federal Funding for Commercial Conversion Initiatives

Federal Funding for Commercial Conversion Initiatives With commercial real estate inventory increasing at precisely the same time that affordable residential housing stocks are dwindling, government leaders are embracing a solution that maximizes the opportunities of this unique market dynamic, Adaptive Reuse, otherwise known as Commercial Conversion. To support commercial conversion efforts nationwide, the US Federal […]

Adaptive Reuse: A Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis?

Adaptive Reuse: A Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis? 2023 has been a disappointing year for those hoping to see substantial improvements in the Affordable Housing Crisis. In the US, home affordability is the worst it has been since 1984 while in Canada, the situation is arguably worse with experts estimating that it will take […]

Deadlines Alone Insufficient to Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis

Deadlines Alone Insufficient to Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis With housing-affordability a massive concern across North America, numerous states and provinces are now implementing ‘shot clock’ legislation to expedite the review of development plan and/or building permit applications. From California to Florida, Texas to Washington, Ontario to British Columbia, widespread efforts to increase new housing […]

State of Washington Commits Grant Funding to Expedite Permitting

State of Washington Commits Grant Funding to Expedite Permitting State of Washington Offers $3M per Jurisdiction to Expedite Residential Permitting Processes   Washington State legislators have approved a new Senate Bill that, according to the State’s Dept. of Commerce, will offer up to $3 million per jurisdiction in grant funding beginning in early 2024 to […]

Short-Term Consultants Trend Highlights Long-Term Permitting Challenges

Short-Term Consultants Trend Highlights Long-Term Permitting Challenges The COVID-19 pandemic created massive permitting backlogs for many Community Development and Planning Agencies across North America. Spurred by a spike in home renovations at the same time many development agencies were having to lay off staff and/or struggling to transition to an efficient online permitting model, the […]

The First-Time Home Buyers Crisis

The First-Time Home Buyers Crisis Policy & Technology: The Winning Combination The Affordable Housing Crisis in both the United States and Canada is garnering headlines again with policy makers garnering criticism for the underwhelming results generated thus far by much publicized national housing programs on both sides of the border.  In Canada, the Office of […]