Development Charges Background Study Public Information Centre

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Please note: The survey has closed. A public meeting took place on July 12. Thank you to all who participated. Council will further review development charges in September.

Welcome to the City of St. Catharines Development Charges Virtual Public Information Centre.

St. Catharines is currently the only municipality in Niagara that does not have lower-tier DCs. As a result, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd were engaged by the City to undertake an in-depth Development Charges Background Study, which is now available for public review and feedback. Find out more about Development Charges below and give your feedback via the survey at the bottom of the page.

What are Development Charges?

Development Charges (DCs) are a fee charged when a building permit is issued to recover growth costs, as an alternative to growth costs being paid for by existing taxpayers through property taxes, water and wastewater bills. Watch this three-minute explainer video to find out more.



Recommendations

The recommendations being made as part of the Development Charges Background Study include the following proposed rates:

The proposed DC for St. Catharines are as follows, and, as you can see from the table in this slide, are slightly less in rural areas: Residential Single and semi-detached dwellings: $ 10,141 Other multiples: $7,439 Apartments (2 bedrooms plus): $ 7,361 Apartments (bachelor and 1 bedroom): 5,033 Special care/special dwelling units: $ 3,806 Non-residential Per sq. ft. of gross floor area: $ 2.05 Non Residential - Per Square Metre 22.01




Please view the 10 minute presentation on the Development Charges Background Study below and take 5 minutes to complete the feedback survey at the bottom of the page.




Want to know more? View the complete Development Charges Background Study.




Next Steps

The opportunity for feedback has closed. Feedback has been compiled and a public meeting was held July 12. Council voted to adopt the capital forecast in the study, subject to further review during the capital budget process, and to refer the introduction of development charge grant programs to the Sept. 13 Council meeting for consideration at the same time as the final development charge by-law.




Please note: The survey has closed. A public meeting took place on July 12. Thank you to all who participated. Council will further review development charges in September.

Welcome to the City of St. Catharines Development Charges Virtual Public Information Centre.

St. Catharines is currently the only municipality in Niagara that does not have lower-tier DCs. As a result, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd were engaged by the City to undertake an in-depth Development Charges Background Study, which is now available for public review and feedback. Find out more about Development Charges below and give your feedback via the survey at the bottom of the page.

What are Development Charges?

Development Charges (DCs) are a fee charged when a building permit is issued to recover growth costs, as an alternative to growth costs being paid for by existing taxpayers through property taxes, water and wastewater bills. Watch this three-minute explainer video to find out more.



Recommendations

The recommendations being made as part of the Development Charges Background Study include the following proposed rates:

The proposed DC for St. Catharines are as follows, and, as you can see from the table in this slide, are slightly less in rural areas: Residential Single and semi-detached dwellings: $ 10,141 Other multiples: $7,439 Apartments (2 bedrooms plus): $ 7,361 Apartments (bachelor and 1 bedroom): 5,033 Special care/special dwelling units: $ 3,806 Non-residential Per sq. ft. of gross floor area: $ 2.05 Non Residential - Per Square Metre 22.01




Please view the 10 minute presentation on the Development Charges Background Study below and take 5 minutes to complete the feedback survey at the bottom of the page.




Want to know more? View the complete Development Charges Background Study.




Next Steps

The opportunity for feedback has closed. Feedback has been compiled and a public meeting was held July 12. Council voted to adopt the capital forecast in the study, subject to further review during the capital budget process, and to refer the introduction of development charge grant programs to the Sept. 13 Council meeting for consideration at the same time as the final development charge by-law.



  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded. Thank you for your feedback.

    Thank you for your interest in Development Charges. Please fill out this short survey. The information given here will be compiled for a report to St. Catharines City Council prior to the public meeting and consideration of by-law.

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