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When obtaining planning services for your community, it is important to account for the costs of professional services.
A municipality may reduce or fully recoup the costs associated with community planning by considering the following four items:
Municipalities that have a zoning bylaw may establish fees for the application, review, advertising and issuance of:
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 allow municipalities to recoup capital costs related to:
Capital costs include the planning, engineering, construction and legal costs related to providing these services.
Some smaller communities do not require the services of a planner every day, but find it difficult to employ a registered professional planner part-time. Natural person powers allow municipalities to enter into an agreement to provide or share various services. Some common approaches include:
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.
Municipalities may establish fees in the zoning bylaw to recoup planning and development costs under section 51 of the PDA. Municipalities are authorized to collect fees on any application for:
These fees represent the cost to the municipality for processing, reviewing, advertising and issuing the appropriate approval.
The fees may not exceed the cost of processing, advertising, administering and regulating those types of applications or developments.
Municipal costs to consider when determining fees include, but are not limited to:
It is important to evaluate the costs associated with each type of application to ensure they are appropriate. For example, there would be no advertising or council report costs for a permitted use, but there would be for a zoning bylaw amendment.
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