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Development Charges By-Law Review


Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued. The fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to the new development, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.

The Development Charges Act empowers municipalities to impose these charges. The legislation requires municipalities to pass a new development charges by-law at least every five years. 

New Development Charges By-law

The Council of the County of Prince Edward passed a Bylaw for the Imposition of Development Charges on March 1, 2018 under section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O. 1997 c27.

Any person or organization may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board under Section 14 of the Act, in respect of the Development Charges By-law, by filing a notice of appeal with the Clerk of the County of Prince Edward on or before April 10, 2018. The notice of appeal must set out the objection to the by-law and the reasons supporting the objection.

The County has published a pamphlet summarizing the development charges policy and the schedule of development charges imposed by the by-law. Click here to view the development charges pamphlet.

Development Charges Background Study

The County worked with Watson and Associates to draft the new development charges by-law. As part of this process, The County was required by the Development Charges Act to prepare a development charges background study, which documents the anticipated development, increase in needs for services, capital cost estimates, and policies for imposition of the charges.

Printed copies of the 2017 Development Charges Background Study are available from the County Clerk at Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street, Picton, Ontario). The study can also be downloaded below.