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Scugog plans to levy different development charges

The Township of Scugog is planning to implement varying development charges (DC) for different property-related activities, according to a new report.

The township council plans a public meet today (March 25) evening on the issue. Another is planned for April 15.

“It is proposed that enactment of a development charges by-law by council would occur on a date subsequent to the public meeting,” said a township statement.

Durham municipalities are facing substantial loss of development charges funding as a result of provincial legislation (see below) Bill 23, Build More Homes Faster Act.

Development charges are levied against new development, and are a primary source of funding for growth-related capital expenditures.

The 2024 Development Charges Background Study relates to the provision of all eligible DC Services (i.e. Library, Parks and Recreation, Fire Services, By-law Enforcement & Court Services, Development Related Studies, and Services Related to a Highway: Public Works (Building & Fleet) and Roads and Related).

The study, dated February 22, was prepared by Hemson Consulting, wherein it is indicated that the development of any land within the Township of Scugog will increase the need for services. Scugog Council has indicated that it intends to ensure that the increase in the need for services attributable to the anticipated development will be met.

It is also proposed that the council considers the use of more than one development charge by-law to reflect different needs for services in different areas, also known as area rating or area specific DCs.

The Development Charges Background Study also includes an Asset Management Plan that deals with all assets whose capital costs are intended to be funded under the development charge by-law.

The council is expected to consider incorporating the asset management plan  within Scugog’s ongoing practices and corporate asset management strategy.

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