County debates development charges


All for one, or nine for all?

That’s the question county council faced this week when it was presented with two scenarios for the possible implementation of development charges ranging from $4,700 to $5,600 per new home.

The county’s finance and administration committee got a sneak peek at those scenarios when it was presented with a development charges study prepared by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd – the same consulting firm which developed the development charges implemented by Deep River last year.

Development charges for new-builds are intended as a means of recovering capital costs associated with both residential and non-residential growth.

In terms of services related to highways and roads, the consulting firm has calculated the county will be eligible for $105 million in development costs over the next 13 years, and presented the county with two scenarios towards that end.

The first would see development charges implemented throughout all of the county’s 17-member municipalities.

“There are no differences between municipalities. Everybody pays,” Byron Tan, a manager Watson & Associates explained.

The second scenario being proposed is “corridor-area specific,” with development charges implemented in nine municipalities located along Highway 17, starting with Arnprior in the east and including Deep River and Laurentian Hills here in the west…

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