The Township of Greater Madawaska contracted Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to undertake a Development Charges Background Study on behalf of the Township. 

 What are Development Charges?

Development Charges are one-time fees paid by developers at the time a building permit is issued. The charges ensure that capital costs to service new development are covered. They support roads, fire services, public works and fleet, administration, the library and parks and recreation in our community. The Development Charges Act provides the legislative authority for collection of Development Charges.

The principle behind Development Charges is that growth should pay for growth.  In the absence of development charges, the costs for additional infrastructure are paid for through increased property taxes and user fees.

 How are Development Charges Determined?
The Development Charges Act, 1997 (Act) provides Council with the authority to pass a by by-law to impose Development Charges.   The Background study takes the following into account:
  • A forecast of the amount, type and location of development, population
  • The historical level of capital service levels
  • A review of future capital projects to provide for the expected development.

The Act also requires that the municipality must hold at least one Public Meeting to present the updated Development Charges Background Study and proposed Development Charges Rates.  Once all of the requirements are met a new By-law is passed based upon the results of the Background Study.

 What do Municipalities do with the Development Charges?
Funds collected for Development Charges must be held in a separate Reserve Fund for each service to which the levy applies.  These funds can only be spent on paying for the growth-related capital costs for which the funds are intended – for example, the funds collected for roads can only be spent on growth-related capital costs for roads. Development Charges may not be used to fund operating costs.
Development Charge Background Study
View Development Charge Background Study produced by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. February 2022
Notice of the Passing of a Development Charges By-law

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Township of Greater Madawaska passed municipal-wide development charges By-law No. 26-2022 on the 19th day of April, 2022 under section 2 (1) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O., 1997 c. 27, as amended;

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal under section 14 of the Act, in respect of the development charges by-law, by filing with the Clerk of the Township of Greater Madawaska on or before the 29th day of May, 2022  a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law and the reasons supporting the objection.

The schedule of development charges imposed by the by-law, which came into effect on April 19, 2022, is as seen in the Notice of Passing and in By-law 26-2022


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