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May 9, 2013
City of Toronto hosting meetings for public input on development charges
  
The first of two public consultations will be held tonight at 7 p.m. for residents to learn about and provide input on City of Toronto development charges, draft rates and related policies - such as development charge exemptions and transition provisions.

Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued. The fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to new development, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.

Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes.

A comprehensive background study that is being conducted for the City determines the development charge rates that can be levied under provincial legislation (the Development Charges Act). The draft rates have been calculated and released for consultation and can be viewed at: http://www.toronto.ca/finance/pdf/2dc_stakeholder_jan2013.pdf .

Learn about the issues, provide your views and feedback, and join discussion groups on key topics at two public consultation sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 9 and 13. Locations:
May 9 - Members Lounge, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
May 13 - Rotunda, Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Registration is requested by emailing devcharges@toronto.ca with your name, organization (if applicable) and the number of persons attending.

More information about the City of Toronto's 2013 Development Charges Bylaw Review is available at
http://www.toronto.ca/finance/dev_charges_bylaw_review/2013.htm.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Alex Mozo, Media Relations and Issues Management
Strategic Communications
416-397-5226
amozo@toronto.ca

 

 

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