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Updated development charges bylaw approved

Posted July 10, 2018

New Tecumseth council ratified the updated development charges fee schedule last night which sets the rate on a single detached, fully serviced unit at $40,594, an increase of $3,254.

The non residential rates are $208.36 per sq. metre of gross floor space, a decrease of $14.18 - the biggest drops in water (down $8.78) and wastewater (down $4.23).

New rate schedule takes effect after the current DC bylaw expires August 26, 2018.

Hemson's background study estimates growth related projects for engineering services will cost approximately $476 million for works through to 2031. Of those, $372.1 million are deemed DC funding eligible. These include:

- Roads and related infrastructure and engineering studies $113.7 million;
- Water distribution and water supply infrastructure $141million; and
- Wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure $221.3 million ($31.4 million post period).

General Services, which include Parks, Recreation and Culture, has an estimated 10-year capital program with a price tag of $110.8 million, of which $56.8 million is deemed DC eligible for funding, including:

- Recovery of TCC and NTRC debentures: $11.3 million
- Provision for indoor Pool $20.1 million;
- Provision for new Ice Pad $14 million ($4.5 million post-period);
- Provision for additional gymnasium and fitness space $6.1 million (all post-period);
- Parkland deve|opment $21 .1 million ($4.5 million post-period).

Other projects identified in the fee structure include:
Library Services:
Tottenham Branch: $2 million;
Alliston Branch: $4.5 million ($1.8 million post-period);

Fire Services
Training Site Phase 1-4: $368,700
Station 3 Expansion: $412,500
Station 4: $6.2 million

Joint Police Services
New Tecumseth share of police officer outfitting and vehicle
equipment to maintain current service levels: $230,600

Public Works
Provision for New PW Facility: $4.6 million
Material Storage Expansion: $1 million
Additional vehicles and equipment $2.7 million

General Government
Various deve|opment related studies $1 million.

Development charges are appealable to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the OMB). However, the DC rate as approved by council would still be collected by the Town during the appeal period. If an order is issued to reduce the rates, the Town would refund the difference plus interest.

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