The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing a new regulation under the Development Charges Act, 1997, contingent on Bill 73, the proposed Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 being passed by the Legislature and receiving Royal Assent. Bill 73 received its second reading on 29 September 2015, and was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.
The proposed regulation would set out the following:
- Prescribe services for which costs are not recoverable through development charges. The services would include all those in the list of ineligible services in the existing Development Charges Act except for waste management which would be replaced by an exclusion of landfills and incineration of waste.
- Prescribe transit as a service for which a forward looking level of service would be used in calculating development charges.
- Prescribe a methodology for the calculation of a forward looking service level for transit over a ten year planning period based on the level of service council intends to provide as a result of increased need arising from development.
- Prescribe requirements for development charge background studies, including requirements for asset management plans, to, among other matters, identify post-period benefits and benefits to existing residents in relation to transit services.
Public comment on these general concepts can be made through the the Province's Regulatory Registry here.
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