- official community plan (OCP) or district OCP amendments;
- zoning bylaw amendments;
- minor variance approvals;
- discretionary use permits; and
- permitted use permits.
These fees are based on the municipal costs to process and advertise the application and administer and regulate the development.
Fees may be contained in the zoning bylaw or in a separate fees bylaw.
A district planning authority may establish fees for services they provide on behalf of its municipal members.
Development Levies and Servicing Fees
Development levies and servicing fees allow municipalities to recoup capital costs related to:
- sewage, water or drainage works;
- roadways and related infrastructure;
- parks; and
- recreational facilities.
Capital costs include the planning, engineering, construction and legal costs related to providing these services.
Sharing professional planning services
Some smaller communities do not require the services of a planner every day, but find it difficult to employ a professional part-time. Natural person powers allow municipalities to enter into an agreement to provide or share various services. Some common approaches include:
- contracting your municipal planning services out to other municipalities on a fee for service basis;
- jointly hiring a planner to manage planning and development for a group of municipalities; or
- employing a planner to work for a planning district and its members.
Creating a District Planning Authority
The Planning and Development Act, 2007 (PDA) allows municipalities to create advisory planning districts; these may serve as a platform for joint planning, services and staff. At the request of the municipal planning district members, the advisory planning district's commission may be replaced with a district planning authority.
A district planning authority has all the powers of the previous district planning commission, but may also make planning decisions on behalf of the member councils and set fees for those services.