2023 development charges background study

Purpose

The City of Guelph is updating its development charges bylaw under the authority of the Development Charges Act, 1997. Development charges help fund the capital costs to accommodate growth within the city. The current bylaw will expire on March 2, 2024, and revised bylaws have been approved to take effect on that date. The new bylaws feature rates guided, as required, by a Development Charges Background Study and addendum undertaken by City staff with the retained consultant, Watson and Associates Economists Ltd.

The proposed rates are part of the Development Charges Background Study undertaken by City staff with the retained consultant, Watson and Associates Economists Ltd.

Process timeline

2022

  • July 2022: Data collection begins.
  • Fall 2022: Peer review group meetings begin.
  • November 28, 2022: Bill 23: More Homes, Built Faster Act received royal assent.

2023

2024

  • January 2024: Council considers the Development Charges Background Study and the new development charges bylaws for approval.
  • March 2, 2024: New development charges bylaws come into effect.