31 Jan

Municipality to host development charges public meeting

Picton – The public will have another opportunity to comment on the development charges background study and proposed by-law at a public meeting on Feb. 7.

“We are committed to hearing from the public and considering all stakeholder viewpoints before setting the development charges,” says Robert Quaiff, Mayor, County of Prince Edward. “We encourage members of the public to learn more and plan to attend the meeting next week.”

The County of Prince Edward collects development charges when a building permit is issued to help pay for the cost of infrastructure – such as roads, fire protection services, and library services – to accommodate growth. Any portion of growth-related costs not funded by development charges have to be funded from the tax levy, user rates, or other sources.  

To continue collecting development charges, the County of Prince Edward must update and adopt a new by-law before the expiry of the current by-law in March 2018. Before passing the by-law, the municipality is required to prepare a comprehensive background study that includes information on the legislation, the study’s recommendations, and the basis for these recommendations.

The County has worked with Watson and Associates to draft the background study, which has been posted posted on the municipality’s website since Dec. 1, 2017. The study includes a forecast of the amount, type, and location of growth, rules and requirement governing the imposition of the charges, asset management plan requirements, and the proposed by-law.

The proposed by-law maintains the majority of The County’s current by-law policies and exemptions, including exemptions for:

• Places of worship

• New industrial development, excluding wind and solar energy facilities

• Affordable housing (a reduction of 30%)

The proposed by-law revises several non-statutory exemptions:

• Phasing-out the 50% reduction for residential development occurring in fully or partially serviced areas and for all non-residential development by January 1, 2019.

• Ending the development charges exemption for park model trailers (less than 50 square metres).

• Excluding retail sales activities – such as the production and processing of alcohol and marijuana – from the non-residential farm building exemption.

• Refunding development charges paid on temporary building or structures once they are removed within eight months of The County issuing the building permit.

The statutory public meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 pm at Shire Hall council chambers. Following the meeting, staff and the consulting firm will undertake any necessary amendments to the background study and proposed by-law. Staff intend to bring the by-law back to Council for passage on March 1. 

Targeted consultation sessions with developers, campground/trailer park owners and operators, members of the agriculture community, and affordable housing stakeholders were held on Friday, Dec. 15. County Council received those comments at a special meeting on Friday, Jan. 26.

For more information about development charges and the process, visit the County of Prince Edward 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