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City of Toronto’s image: City of Toronto Development Charges

Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued:

  • To provide municipal services to new development, the development charges are imposed on land development and redevelopment projects to help pay for the cost of required infrastructure, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities
  • Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes

The Provincial Development Charges Act requires municipalities to adopt a development charges bylaw every five years, if not sooner, in order to implement its development charges rates:

  • The City’s development charges bylaw will expire in early 2014
  • The review is being conducted in order to adjust the development charges rates to reflect updates to the City’s growth related capital expenditure plans, including the recently adopted 2013-2022 Capital Budget & Plan

A comprehensive background study determines the maximum development charge rates that can be levied under provincially legislated rules:

  • Draft rates have now been completed and have been released for consultation
    • The City is seeking input from the public on:

      • the draft rates

      • related policies, such as development charge exemptions and transition provisions

    Toronto needs your input:

    • What do you want the City to consider?

    • Learn about the issues

    • Provide your views and feedback in the following two ways:

    1. Join discussion groups on key topics at two public consultation sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

      • Thursday, May 9
        Members Lounge, North York Civic Centre
        5100 Yonge St.
        Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
        7-9 p.m.
        Public transit: Subway to North York Centre Station
      • Monday, May 13
        Rotunda, Metro Hall, 55 John St. (South-east corner of King and John, two blocks east of Spadina)
        Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
        7-9 p.m.
        Public Transit: Subway to St. Andrew, then walk through “PATH” to Metro Hall or walk above ground 2 blocks west
      • Registration is requested

        • Please email devcharges@toronto.ca with your name, organization (if applicable) and the number of persons attending
    2. Written Submissions:

      • You can also e-mail: devcharges@toronto.ca to send in your comments and feedback

After conclusion of the consultation process, the City will release a final background study and draft bylaw for consideration at a statutory public meeting of the City’s Executive Committee this summer.

Please click here for more info on the 2013 Development Charges Bylaw Review.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

April 26, 2013

Public consultations on Toronto’s development charges

The City of Toronto is seeking input to update its development charge rates and policies as required under the Development Charges Act.

Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued. The fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to new development, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.

Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes.

A comprehensive background study determines the maximum development charge rates that can be levied under provincially legislated rules. Draft rates have now been completed and have been released for consultation.

The City is seeking input from the public on the draft rates and on related policies, such as development charge exemptions and transition provisions.

What do you want the City to consider? Learn about the issues, provide your views and feedback, and join discussion groups on key topics at two public consultation sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

May 9 – Members Lounge, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
May 13 – Rotunda, Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Registration is requested. Please email devcharges@toronto.ca with your name, organization (if applicable) and the number of persons attending.

Following the consultation process, the City will release a final background study and draft bylaw for consideration at an upcoming Executive Committee meeting this summer.

More information about the City of Toronto’s 2013 Development Charges Bylaw Review is available at http://www.toronto.ca/finance/dev_charges_bylaw_review/2013.htm.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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