Guelph releases proposed Development Charges and background study

Guelph, Ont., December 12, 2018 – The City of Guelph has released its 2018 Development Charges (DC) Background Study and the updated Development Charges Bylaw. The bylaw includes new DC rates scheduled to take effect March 2, 2019.

Development Charges are fees levied on new development to help recover costs associated with growth, as outlined in Guelph’s DC Bylaw, and are payable by developers.

The proposed DC rate for residential development will increase by 17.35 per cent to $35,098 for a single/detached home. The proposed non-residential rate will increase by 23.85 per cent to $133 per square metre. The proposed rates remain competitive with DC rates in nearby cities, such as Kitchener and Cambridge, which are also in the process of conducting a Background Study.

The increases are the result of changes to the provincial DC Act, which outlines which City services are eligible for DC funding; new DC-eligible projects, as identified in updated master plans and secondary plans; and the City’s improved capacity for long-range planning and to forecast costs associated with growth.

The updated bylaw and proposed DC rates follow the 2018 DC Background Study, recently completed by the City, Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. and a stakeholder group of local residents and representatives from the development community. The updated DC Bylaw includes policy changes related to the timing of payments; new and changed exemptions; a new rate category for special needs facilities; and alignment of definitions between the City’s DC Bylaw and Zoning Bylaw.

City Council to discuss proposed rates January 21

The Development Charges Background Study and updated bylaw will be discussed at a special City Council meeting on Monday, January 21, 2019, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Please send any written comments or register to speak at the meeting by Friday, January 18 at 10 a.m.

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City of Guelph
1 Carden Street Guelph, ON
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The updated DC Bylaw and DC rates will be presented to City Council for approval in February 2019.

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The City’s current Development Charges Bylaw will expire on March 2, 2019. Under the Ontario Development Charges Act, the City is required to complete a Background Study at least every five years to forecast future residential and non-residential growth and determine infrastructure needs and costs.

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Tara Baker, General Manager/Treasurer
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2084
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