Norfolk County 2018 Development Charges Background Study

Notice of Public Meeting – Proposed New Development Charges By-Law for Norfolk County

Notice of Public Meeting - Proposed New Development Charges By-Law for Norfolk County
Norfolk County 2018 Development Charges Background Study

What are Development Charges and why are they collected?

If you are building a new house, building or expanding a non-residential building your construction will likely be subject to Development Charges.  Development Charges are one-time fees paid by developers at the time a building permit is issued to help pay for municipal services to new developments, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.  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.  Development Charges ease the financial burden on existing taxpayers to fund new services as a result of growth.  Without development charges, the costs for additional infrastructure would be at the expense of existing property owners in the form of higher property taxes and user fees.  Development charges are used by most municipalities in Ontario.

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 Act requires that a Development Charges Background Study a new Development Charges By-law (By-law) must be completed at least once every five years.  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.

The Act and the By-law provide for an annual adjustment, on September 1st of each year, of Development Charges Rates.   The Act and the By-law also provide exemptions for certain types of development.  The Development Charges By-law should be a reviewed for these exemptions.

Development Charges Effective January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

2019 Development Charges

What does the County do with the Development Charges funds collected?

Funds collected for Development Charges must be held in a separate Reserve Fund for each service to which the levy applies – for example, funds collected for roads must be held in a Development Charges for Roads Reserve Fund.  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 Charges By-law

On August 26, 2014 Norfolk County Council passed By-law 2014-104 and By-law 2014-105 to approve Development Charges rates. A copy of the By-law is available below.

Bylaw 2014-104

Bylaw 2014-105

Development Charges Annual Treasurer’s Statement

2016 Development Charges Annual Treasurer's Statement
2017 Development Charges Annual Treasurer's Statement