Development charges help the city pay for increased demand for municipal services resulting from growth. The development charge bylaw (PDF) applies to all new development and specific changes in use in the city.
City council approved a new development charge bylaw on Dec. 7, 2020 based on information provided in the Development Charge Background Study.
In accordance with the Development Charges Act (DCA) and recent amendments to the DCA via Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act 2019, development charges are now:
- Calculated at the later of site plan application date or zoning bylaw amendment application date.
- Paid at the time of building permit issuance.
- If neither application has been made, the amount continues to be calculated and paid at the time of building permit issuance.
- Deferred payment plans are in place for the institutional and rental housing development (six payments over five years starting at occupancy) and for non-profit housing (21 payments over 20 years beginning at occupancy)
Interest charges will be applied to development charges according to section 3.2 of the development charges bylaw 20-124.
An early payment agreement may be created with the city and the payee to mitigate interest charges, subject to the city’s approval as set out in the DCA.
When making a building permit application, consider the regulated processing time for the scope of work proposed and additional time to address any outstanding issues identified by a plans examiner.
Eligible services to be funded from development charges:
- Fire services
- Police Services
- Parks and recreation
- Social housing
- Roads and related transportation
- Waste Diversion
- Rates are indexed annually on Jan. 1, per the latest non-residential building construction price index.
- Other agencies’ rate charges may affect alternate dates – contact the applicable agency directly for more information.
- Development charges for 2023 – in effect starting Jan. 1, 2023.
Schedule “B” to bylaw 20-124
Schedule of development charges
Jan., 1, 2023 – Dec., 31, 2023
Non-residential (per sq.m. of gross floor area)
Single and semi-detached dwelling
Apartments & 2 bedrooms +
Apartments bachelor & 1 bedroom
Municipal wide services
Roads and related services
Fire protection services
Parks and recreation services
Waste diversion services
Total municipal wide services
Total urban services
Grand total rural service area
Grand total water only serviced area
Grand total urban services area
Development charges are put to use for various capital projects within the City. The following reports identify the development charges in reserves at year-end and the projects that were funded by development charges revenue in that year.
Statement of reserve funds:
Capital fund transactions:
2020 Development charge bylaw update
On Nov. 4, 2020, the city council received the following for review:
- 2020 Development charges background study (PDF)
- Development charges background presentation (PDF)
- 2020 Development charges rate (PDF)
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