06 Dec
2017

Municipality seeks public input on new development charges by-law

Picton – The County of Prince Edward is asking for feedback from the public as it drafts a new development charges by-law.

“Council and staff recognize the far-reaching impact development charges can have for residents and businesses across the municipality,” says Robert Quaiff, Mayor, County of Prince Edward. “As we work toward passing a new by-law in March 2018, we want to ensure everyone who wants to offer their input has an opportunity to do so.”

Development charges allow The County to recover the capital costs associated with residential and non-residential growth within the municipality. Municipalities are empowered to impose these charges under the Development Charges Act.

Under the provincial legislation, municipalities must pass a new development charges by-law at least every five years. The County’s current development charges by-law expires on March 6, 2018.

The County is working with Watson and Associates to create the new by-law. The consulting firm has written a draft background study, which is now posted on The County website. The background study documents the anticipated development, increase in needs for services, capital cost estimates, and policies for imposing the charges.

Watson and Associates will host a statutory public meeting in early 2018 to gather input from the public. In the meantime, if members of the public wish to submit their feedback, they can contact can Amanda Carter, Director of Finance, by emailing acarter@pecounty.on.ca.

In addition to the statutory public meeting, Watson and Associates will host targeted consultation sessions on Friday, Dec. 15. The following sessions will take place in Rotary Hall at the Wellington and District Community Centre (111 Belleville St.):

• 10 am – Developers
• 2 pm – Agriculture and affordable housing stakeholders, as well as campground and trailer park owners and operators.

If you wish to attend one of those sessions, please RSVP by emailing Ms. Carter. For more information about development charges, please visit The County website.

 

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca

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