Effective January 1, 2017, Development Charges in Barrie increased 3.2% in accordance with the indexing requirements set out under the City-Wide Development Charges By-law (2014-108).
The City-Wide Development Charges By-law requires that rates be indexed in accordance with the most recent twelve-month change in the Statistics Canada Construction Cost Index (non-residential building). Statistics Canada indicates that the most recent twelve-month comparison is an increase of 3.2% for the non-residential building construction price index.
Applicants should review the Summary of the Development Charges By-law and consult with the Finance Department to determine the applicable charges that may apply to specific proposals. The By-law also contains a rate schedule for the Interim Policy (section 10 of the By-law), which provides a set of rates for development in progress that meets specific criteria. An official version of the by-law can be obtained from the Legislative and Court Services Department by calling 705-739-4204.
Whiskey Creek Area Specific Development Charges
On June 13, 2016, the City passed an Area-Specific Development Charge By-law (2016-066) for the Whiskey Creek Stormwater Management Works and Downstream Conveyance Works, replacing By-law 2011-096 which was passed on June 27, 2011. The purpose of replacing the By-law was to update costs for the uncompleted projects and continue DC collection from all properties in the defined area. Due to the DC update, the increase in rates effective January 1, 2017, is 0.4%.
In April 2016, an updated DC Background Study was prepared, which forms the basis for the current DC By-law.
Development Charges Background Study (2014)
In January 2014, the City retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to complete a Development Charges (DC) Background Study to accurately reflect the servicing needs of new development (identified in the City’s Growth Management Strategy). This study provides the basis for updating the City’s DC By-law.
In July 2014 an Addendum to the DC Background Study was issued, which contains refinements based on comments from staff and from the developer/landowner communities. Hard copies are available in the Legislative and Court Services Department at City Hall.
Education Development Charges (EDC)
School boards are responsible for setting the EDC rates. Please visit the Simcoe County District School Board's website: Education Development Charge By-Law Renewal.
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