Development Charges Background Study
Development Charges Background Study Report
The Town is undergoing a Development Charges Study. A number of changes to the Development Charge (D.C.) process need to be addressed as a result of The Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73).
As a result, these changes have been incorporated throughout the report and in the updated draft by-law, as necessary. These items include:
- Area-rating: Council must consider the use of area-specific charges.
- Asset Management Plan for New Infrastructure: The D.C. background study must include an asset management plan that deals with all assets proposed to be funded, in whole or in part, by D.C.s. The asset management plan must show that the assets are financially sustainable over their full lifecycle.
- 60-day Circulation Period: The D.C. background study must be released to the public at least 60-days prior to passage of the D.C. by-law
- Timing of Collection of Development Charges: The D.C.A. now requires D. C.s to be collected at the time of the first building permit.
The report provided represents the Development Charges Background Study for the Town of Lincoln required by the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended (D.C.A.).
This report has been prepared in accordance with the methodology required under the D.C.A. The contents include the following:
Chapter 1 – Overview of the legislative requirements of the Act;
Chapter 2 – Review of present Development Charge (D.C.) policies of the Town;
Chapter 3 – Summary of the residential and non-residential growth forecasts for the Town;
Chapter 4 – Approach to calculating the D.C.;
Chapter 5 – Review of historical service standards and identification of future capital requirements to service growth and related deductions and allocations;
Chapter 6 – Calculation of the D.C.;
Chapter 7 – D.C. policy recommendations and rules; and
Chapter 8 – By-law implementation.
A public meeting occurred on June 18, 2018, at Council to gain input from stakeholders and the public.
Copies of the proposed By-law and the background study also available from the Town Clerk.
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