Niagara, Ontario Municipality Extends Waivers For Infrastructure Charges To Developers

Port Colborne’s City Council Votes To Extend Development Charge Waivers

A Report from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Posted September 30th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario –  On September 26th, Port Colborne City Council voted to extend the waivers of all development charges in the municipality for another year, after an address from the GNCC encouraging them to do so.greater-niagara-chamber-of-commerce

The city (located in the southern tier of the Niagara region) had decided to waive development charges two years ago, and the policy was up for renewal.

Citing the huge increase in the number of housing starts in the city, the attendant growth in construction jobs (which had outpaced general job growth in Port Colborne by a factor of six since the policy started), and the potential for the city to turn a housing boom into a lucrative construction boom, the GNCC advocated extending the waivers by another year.

Development charges are levied against developers by municipal governments when building permits are issued. They are used to cover the cost of new infrastructure, such as roads, water and wastewater, and municipal services.

These costs can be substantial – over $10,000 for residential properties or over $12 per square foot for non-residential development from the Region, and potentially a similar amount (or even more) from the municipality. Waiving these costs is a substantial incentive for greater property development.

As the GNCC and Port Colborne’s economic development staff argued, the loss of revenue from these waivers would be more than made up by new property taxes levied from properties that would not otherwise have been developed.

The policy will not only be a boon to developers working in Port Colborne, but will have positive effects on the whole community as more well-paid construction jobs are created, increasing spending and economic activity in the city.

About the GNCCThe Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With almost 1,600 members representing 50,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction.

For more on the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and its activities and programs click on – http://gncc.ca/ .

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