“The growth costs for things like new roads, parks and recreational facilities will be shifted from developers to taxpayers,” said a town statement.
“This impact could mean a 30 per cent overall property tax increase, or an increase of about $600 on the average Whitby home,” it pointed out.
Under Bill 23 – the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 – Whitby Council pledged last month to facilitate the development of 18,000 new homes by 2031 (see below).
In October 2022, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark issued a letter to the Town of Whitby highlighting the province’s commitment to build 1.5 million homes by 2031 and assigning Whitby a municipal housing target of 18,000 homes.
Whitby’s current inventory of housing units approved or in the approval process includes 4,123 low density units, 4,925 medium density units and 9,070 high density units.