| The Township Planner will be available to review the Development Charges Background Study or to answer any questions during the following times (no appointment needed):
§ Thursday, January 19, 2023: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
§ Tuesday, January 31, 2023: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
§ Thursday, February 9, 2023: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Some inquiries we have received to date:
a) If my house suffered damages (i.e., fire, flood, etc.), would I have to pay a development charge to rebuild or rehabilitate it? NO
b) If I want to add an addition to my house, would I have to pay a development charge? NO
c) If I wanted to build a garage or accessory building, would I have to pay a development charge? NO
d) Is the municipality proposing to collect development charges to raise revenue for new initiatives?
NO – Development charges are not a method to fund increased services but only to maintain existing services levels impacted by growth.
e) Why is staff asking Council to consider implementing Development Charges?
Development Charges are a tool used to offset property taxes due to costs associated with population growth as Madawaska Valley has been growing and is expected to continue to grow. The increased capital costs (as a result of growth) for trucks, graders, compactors, fire equipment, and road resurfacing, which are now mostly paid by taxation (or by drawing on reserves), can be reduced with development charges which then reduces the tax burden on existing residents.
f) The costs identified in the study are the amount of Development Charges the Township will charge.
NO – The amounts noted in the Background Study are only for information. The study provides an upper-limit charge that Council can consider and identifies what costs/areas DC fees can be applied against. Council can then decide the services and the percentage allocation to be funded from a DC Charge. A multi-year phase-in would also apply. Ultimately, the charge can be lower, but not higher, than identified in the study.
g) If Council proceeds, can the by-law be reviewed at a later date and amended?
YES – Development Charges can be reviewed as needed, such as annually, for ongoing discussion and decision-making.