Changes are coming to the Town’s Development Charges Bylaw: add your input!

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One of the things that makes Huntsville a great place to live are the amenities and services available to its residents. Those services and infrastructure are paid for in a variety of ways, including property taxes, grants, service fees and development charges.

The latter are fees imposed on new development that specifically help to fund increased demand on fire services, library services, outdoor recreation (like parkland and trails), indoor recreation (including the Canada Summit Centre), roads, bridges and sidewalks, as well as development-related studies.

The principle behind development charges is one of ‘growth pays for growth’—as Huntsville’s population increases, demand on infrastructure and services increases as well. Development charges are imposed as a flat fee based on the type of structure being built—a single-family dwelling or apartments, for example.

Development charges are imposed by a bylaw, which is updated a minimum of every five years. The Town’s current Development Charges Bylaw expires on March 23, 2021 and staff have begun the steps required to draft a new bylaw. They have also taken into consideration the province’s More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019. The Act received royal assent in June 2019 and will affect the way development charges are collected in the future.

A development charges background study has been completed and can now be viewed at huntsville.ca. The proposed bylaw will be released in early November, and a public meeting will be held at the regular meeting of Huntsville Town Council on November 25 to gather public input (watch myhuntsville.ca for the proposed bylaw and details on the meeting).

Once feedback has been considered, changes to the bylaw will be made if warranted and, if they are substantial, a second public meeting will be held. Staff anticipate that the bylaw will be presented to Council for passage at its December 17 meeting.

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1 Comment

  1. I would think any changes to the existing Bylaw will have to dovetail with corresponding changes to the parallel District Bylaw? As this would seem to be a somewhat complex procedure, could somebody from the Town or the District please explain how this will happen? Personally, I would have thought that the District would complete the process projected by the Town; simplifying the synthesis of the Town’s charges into the hierarchy.
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    Commencing at the junior level seems to be the tail wagging the dog (unless the District is anticipated to no longer exist in the near future). There are strange things done under the political sun.

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