Development Charge Background Study

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The Development Charge Background Study will help determine the additional capital related infrastructure the Town of Whitby requires based on the residential and non-residential growth forecast.

The Town of Whitby applies a Development Charge fee to new/repurposed development; the preparation of the study is legislatively required (at minimum every 5 years) under the Development Charges Act, 1997. The Town of Whitby completed its last Development Charge Study in 2016, and the Development Charge by-law was adopted by Council in 2017.

Development charges help the Town mitigate the additional growth-related costs from being be passed onto the taxpayer. Under legislative restrictions development charges cannot fully fund the cost of growth, however, the Town strives to ensure that growth-related development pays for the additional growth-related capital infrastructure needed, to the maximum amount allowable under legislation.

The information gathered through the Background Study will be used to calculate the amount of money that new development needs to pay through the Development Charges Fee in order to help cover new growth related infrastructure.

This study's focus is on Whitby's development charges, it does not include development charges applied by the Region of Durham or the School Board for new/repurposed development.

This study is being prepared in partnership with Hemson Consulting Ltd.

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Development Charge By-Law Final Recommendations

Staff report (FS 28-21) on the Development Charge By-Law Final Recommendations has been posted to the Town of Whitby's website. This staff report is scheduled to go before Committee of the Whole on May 10, 2021, with By-Law approval at Council on May 17, 2021

The Development Charge Background Study will help determine the additional capital related infrastructure the Town of Whitby requires based on the residential and non-residential growth forecast.

The Town of Whitby applies a Development Charge fee to new/repurposed development; the preparation of the study is legislatively required (at minimum every 5 years) under the Development Charges Act, 1997. The Town of Whitby completed its last Development Charge Study in 2016, and the Development Charge by-law was adopted by Council in 2017.

Development charges help the Town mitigate the additional growth-related costs from being be passed onto the taxpayer. Under legislative restrictions development charges cannot fully fund the cost of growth, however, the Town strives to ensure that growth-related development pays for the additional growth-related capital infrastructure needed, to the maximum amount allowable under legislation.

The information gathered through the Background Study will be used to calculate the amount of money that new development needs to pay through the Development Charges Fee in order to help cover new growth related infrastructure.

This study's focus is on Whitby's development charges, it does not include development charges applied by the Region of Durham or the School Board for new/repurposed development.

This study is being prepared in partnership with Hemson Consulting Ltd.

Please subscribe, in order to receive study news updates and notifications.


Development Charge By-Law Final Recommendations

Staff report (FS 28-21) on the Development Charge By-Law Final Recommendations has been posted to the Town of Whitby's website. This staff report is scheduled to go before Committee of the Whole on May 10, 2021, with By-Law approval at Council on May 17, 2021

  • Development Charge By-Law Final Recommendations

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    Staff report (FS 28-21) on the Development Charge By-Law Final Recommendations has been posted to the Town of Whitby's website. This staff report is scheduled to go before Committee of the Whole on May 10, 2021, with By-Law approval at Council on May 17, 2021

  • Now Available - Updated DC Study Tables & Documents

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    As a result of the public consultation and meetings that occurred in March 2021, the following tables / components of the DC Study have been updated and made available as of April 23, 2021. The updated files are now available in the documents section.

    • Appendix A tables - updated Development Forecast
    • Appendix B & C tables - updated capital programs and cashflow tables
    • Updated DC Rate Tables
    • Updated Local Service Guidelines
    • Updated DC By-Law
  • Video of March 30, 2021 DC Update Presentation and Q&A Session is now Available

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    A copy of the March 30, 2021 DC Presentation is now available in the Video Section. A copy of the slide deck has also been posted to the Documents Section.

  • Notice of Public Presentation and Q&A Session, March 30, 2021

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    The Town of Whitby and Hemson Consulting will be holding a virtual public presentation and Q&A session on March 30, 2021 from 1-2 PM. The purpose of this presentation will be to outline changes made to the DC Study, as a result of the public meeting held in early March and ongoing public consultation process.

    In order to receive the meeting link, please RSVP by emailing treasury@whitby.ca by March 29, 2021.

    Please note for those who are unable to attend, the presentation will be recorded and posted afterwards to the DC Study page on Connect Whitby. Please visit Connect Whitby and subscribe to stay informed on all updates to the DC Study.


  • DC Study - Update Notice March 16, 2021

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    Further to the correspondence received for the Development Charge Study Public Meeting on March 8, 2021, the Town of Whitby will be providing written responses to the questions and issues raised in the upcoming weeks.

    Please note, new information is now available relating to the costing of the Brooklin Roads related projects; the Brooklin North Major Roads Environmental Assessment has now been released for the 60 day public review period. The BNMR EA project cost estimates were used to refine the road costs in the DC Study, although differences may still occur because the of site servicing and Regional costs included in the EA .

    Lastly, staff report FS 11-21 had identified that the new DC By-Law would be coming forward for Council’s consideration on April 26th. To allow for time to review all the public feedback, the new DC by-law is now scheduled to come before Council on May 17, 2021, with new rates in effect as of June 1, 2021.

    If you have any further questions pertaining to the Development Charge Background Study please email treasury@whitby.ca or visit the DC Study Page on Connect Whitby and subscribe to stay informed on the progress of the study.


  • 2021 Development Charge Background Study is now available

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    In advance of the public meeting on March 8, 2021, the 2021 Development Charge Background Study has been posted to the Town of Whitby's webpage on February 19, 2021. A copy off the study is now available in the documents section or through this link.

    The draft 2021 Development Charges By-Law has also been made available and is included as Appendix G of the DC Background Study.

  • Notice of Public Meeting Regarding Development Charges

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    On Monday, March 8, 2021, the Town of Whitby will hold a public meeting about its proposed development charge rates and policies. The proposed development charges by-laws and rates will come into effect following approval at a date determined by Council.

    Ahead of the public meeting, a copy of the 2021 Development Charges Background Study will be available for review online at whitby.ca/developmentcharges by Monday, February 22, 2021.


    Development Charge Background Study

    Development charges are collected when there is new development in the Town. They are a primary source of funding for the Town to support growth-related capital costs in Whitby. Visit the Town’s Development Charges web page for more information.

    The 2021 Development Charges Background Study relates to the delivery of the following eligible development charges services:

    •Libraries

    •Parks and Recreation

    •Fire Services

    •Waste Management

    •By-Law Enforcement

    •Development-related Studies

    •Services Related to a Highway (Operations, Roads and Related – Town-wide Infrastructure, and Roads & Related – Alternate Route and Related Infrastructure) and;

    •Stormwater Management


    Online Public Meeting

    When: Monday, March 8, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

    Where: Virtual meeting hosted online at whitby.ca/livestream


    Public Comment and Appearing Before Council

    Any person may make written representation either in support of or in opposition to the study and/or by-law. Written submissions should be directed to the Office of the Town Clerk no later than noon on Friday, March 5, 2021.

    Any person wishing to speak at the meeting in support of or in opposition of the by-law should complete a Delegation Request Form online at whitby.ca/delegations by noon on the day of the meeting.

    For those without computer access, please call 905.430.4315 to speak with a staff member in the Office of the Town Clerk.

    Written comments received before the meeting and submissions made at the public meeting will be considered by Council before the new development charges by-law comes into effect.


    Project Contact

    Technical inquiries regarding the content of the study and/or by-law should be directed to Jennifer Hess, Senior Financial Planning and Policy Advisor at 905.444.2826 or treasury@whitby.ca.


    Public Meeting Contact

    Christopher Harris

    Town Clerk, Town of Whitby

    575 Rossland Road East,

    Whitby, ON L1N 2M8

    T. 905.430.4315

    F. 905.686.7005

    E. clerk@whitby.ca


    Attachment

    Notice of Public Meeting Regarding Development Charges

  • Stakeholder Meeting February 3, 2021

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    In response to Stakeholder feedback received on report CS 50-20, a virtual meeting has been scheduled for February 3, 2021 from 1-3:30 PM between various representatives from the Stakeholder Groups, Town of Whitby Staff and Hemson Consulting. If your stakeholder group would like to participate in the meeting, please email treasury@whitby.ca. We kindly ask that all questions be submitted in writing by January 18, 2021 to treasury@whitby.ca, in order to permit sufficient time to research and prepare for the discussion on February 3rd.

  • Town of Whitby - Development Charge Background Study Public Consultation

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    The Town of Whitby is seeking feedback on the DRAFT Development Charge Background Study information provided in Council report CS 50-20. This consultation period will be closing on January 8, 2021. Feedback can be provided directly on the Forum or by email to treasury@whitby.ca.

    Report CS 50-20 contains the following

    • Communication received and the Town's response to questions received during the last public consultation period.
    • Updated Service Level Histories for Parks & Recreation, By-Law Enforcement and Storm Water Management.
    • Recommended Policy and Rate Category Changes for the Proposed By-law
    • Draft Capital Forecast for Eligible DC Services
    • Draft DC Rates by Service Level and Rate Category
  • Update on the Town of Whitby Development Charge Background Study

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    A new Development Charge Study update report is now available.

    Town staff are bringing forward a Development Charge Study update report to the Committee of the Whole meeting on November 23, 2020. Staff report CS 50-20 is an information report that will be used for the next public consultation period scheduled to start in December 2020.