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City launches Development Charge Background Study with open house

January 29, 2019 –

Over the coming months, the City will conduct a background study to inform updates to and consolidation of its Development Charge and Impost Fee bylaws,  which are due to expire at the end of September. The Development Charge and Impost Fee will be consolidated in the 2019 Development Charge Bylaw.

"These fees are tied to the issuance of a building permit and are used to fund the additional infrastructure required by future growth," says Desiree Kennedy, City Treasurer.

Project Launch Open House

Residents are invited to learn about the study at an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Meeting Room C at the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.  It will include a formal presentation by the consultant team at 4:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

This is the first of two open houses and three focus group meetings the City will hold to gather public and stakeholder input for the study over the course of this project, which is being undertaken by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.  This consultant team prepared the last such background study for the City in 2014 and is also now preparing the Population, Housing and Employment Projections Study, a key document that is required to support the 2019 Development Charge Background Study.

Watch for engagement opportunities at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca. Comments can also be sent to George Wallace, senior special projects manager, at gwallace@cityofkingston.ca or by mail to City Hall, 216 Ontario St., K7L 2Z3.

The Development Charges Act, 1997, requires that the municipality review its development charge every five years, including preparing a background study and holding at least one statutory public meeting.

Learn more about the City's development charge and related bylaws.