What are Development Charges?
In 1990, the Province of Ontario passed the Development Charges Act, it was updated in 1997. This act authorizes municipalities to pass by-laws for the recovery of costs incurred to provide services to new residential and non-residential developments. These services include the construction of libraries, fire facilities, recreational facilities, park development and facilities, roads and other facilities. The Director of Finance/Treasurer is required to submit an annual report to Council for the previous year's status of the Development Charges Reserve Funds. This report identifies the opening/closing balances, total of receipts and expenditures of the Development Charges Reserve Funds once the year-end financial statements have been audited. A copy of this report can be obtained by contacting the Municipal Clerk's Department.
Clarington Council passed By-law No. 2010-058 imposing development charges on residential and commercial development. The service components of the development charges include Fire Protection Services, Library Services, Operations, Parking, General Government, Indoor Recreation, Park Development and Facility and Roads and Related.
It is important to realize that the Municipality of Clarington is not the only public authority that can impose development charges. This information applies only to the Municipality's By-law. The Regional Municipality
of Durham and the School Boards within this jurisdiction have also enacted development charges by-laws. Please refer to those other authorities to obtain an explanation about their current rates, when and how they are indexed and how their individual by-laws are implemented.
When is a development charge imposed?
A development charge applies where a proposed residential or commercial building project requires:
A number of exemptions are legislated under the Development Charges Act. The Municipality's by-law provides exemptions/credits for housing intensification, agricultural uses, temporary buildings, certain institutional uses and industrial expansions, all subject to certain rules as stipulated in the by-law.
When are development charges due?
Generally development charges are due when a building permit is issued. In exceptional cases where a land severance application was finalized prior to 1992, municipal development charges may have been paid. Record of payment is required. It is suggested the Region of Durham be contacted to confirm whether their development charges were also paid. The Development Charges By-law is reviewed every 5 years.
People don't always agree on how their communities should grow. Disputes arise over community planning issues such as where to locate industrial development, or what types of municipal services to provide.
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