Development Charges Study

2022 Development charges study

A new development charges study is underway for 2022. It is being completed by B.M. Ross and Associates. On June 6th, 2022, the draft development charges background study was presented to Council. The latest version of the draft study and the presentation slides are available to review.

Development Charges Study 2022 timeline

  1. June 20th, 2022—Council reviewed the draft by-law.
  2. July 4th, 2022—A virtual public meeting to allow public consultation was held.
  3. August 1st, 2022—Deadline for the public to submit comment regarding the draft by-law to Lindsay Whalen, Planning Coordinator.
  4. August 8th, 2022—End of the 60-day notice period and the date that Council will review of the final proposed by-law and public comment. 

Until the new study and rates are adopted, the 2017 study and rates remain in place.

What are development charges?

Development charges are collected from developers when they apply for a building permit. Development charges apply to residential and non-residential developments with some exceptions. The Municipality conducts a development charges background study every five years. The background study determines needs and costs for municipal-wide services.

The information contained on this page is intended only as a guide. Until the new development charges by-law is adopted, applicants should review By-law 92-2017, and consult with the Building department to determine the applicable charges that may apply to specific development proposals. The information is also summarized in a brochure which is available upon request from the Development Services department

General purpose

Under the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 27, municipalities must undertake a study and adopt a by-law if they wish to impose development charge fees. The municipality's last Development Charges Background Study was completed in 2017. Development charge rates adopted were then adopted by By-law 92-2017 which is effective for the period of August 22, 2017 to August 22, 2022 unless it is repealed by Council at an earlier date.

Area to which by-law applies

Subject to section 3.3, this By-law applies to all lands in the Municipality of Bluewater whether or not the land or use thereof is exempt from taxation under s. 13 of the Assessment Act, R.S.O 1990, c. A.31.

Indexing

Development charges imposed pursuant to this by-law may be adjusted annually, without amendment to this By-law, commencing on the 1st of January, 2018 and each year thereafter, in accordance with the prescribed index in the Act.

Statement of the treasurer

The Treasurer shall each year on or before such date as Council may direct, give Council a financial statement relating to the development charge by-law and reserve funds established.

Services covered

The categories of services for which development charges are imposed are as follows:

  • services related to a Highway;
  • outdoor recreation services;
  • administration;
  • waste diversion;
  • wastewater services; and
  • water services

Development charge exemptions

Notwithstanding the provision of this by-law, development charges are not imposed with respect to:

  1. lands, buildings or structures used or to be used for a place of worship or for the purposes of a cemetery or burial ground exempt from taxation under the Assessment Act; and
  2. the development of non-residential farm buildings constructed for bona fide farm uses, being that which operates with a valid farm business registration number and is assessed in the farmland realty tax class.

Please refer to By-law 92-2017 for a full list of development charge exemptions.

2022 Development Charges

Development Charges increased by 11.6 per cent on January 1, 2022. The increase was derived from the Statistics Canada Non-Residential Third Quarter 2021 Construction Price Index.

Single and semi-detached dwelling

  • Services related to a highway $956.71
  • Outdoor recreation services $767.21
  • Administration $441.82
  • Waste Diversion $23.97

Total municipal wide services $2,189.71.

  • Wastewater—Bayfield $8,357.01
  • Wastewater—Hensall $3,463.82
  • Wastewater—Zurich $7,399.15
  • Water—Hensall $2,848.47
  • Rural area $2,189.71
  • Bayfield area $10,546.72
  • Hensall area $8,502.00
  • Zurich area $9,588.86

Residential—Apartments—Two bedrooms plus

  • Services related to a highway $704.41
  • Outdoor recreation services $563.98
  • Administration $325.38
  • Waste diversion $17.13

Total municipal wide services $1,610.90.

  • Wastewater—Bayfield $6,162.72
  • Wastewater—Hensall $2,553.91
  • Wastewater—Zurich $5,456.03
  • Water—Hensall $2,100.67
  • Rural area $1,610.90
  • Bayfield area $7,773.62
  • Hensall area $6,265.48
  • Zurich area $7,066.94

Residential—Apartments—Bachelor and one bedroom

  • Services related to a highway $457.81
  • Outdoor recreation services $367.62
  • Administration $211.21
  • Waste diversion $11.42

Total municipal wide services $1,048.06.

  • Wastewater—Bayfield $4,007.25
  • Wastewater—Hensall $1,661.13
  • Wastewater—Zurich $3,548.30
  • Water—Hensall $1,365.44
  • Rural area $1,048.06
  • Bayfield area $5,055.31
  • Hensall area $4,074.63
  • Zurich area $4,596.36

Residential—Other multiples

  • Services related to a highway $760.35
  • Outdoor recreation services $608.51
  • Administration $350.49
  • Waste diversion $19.41

Total municipal wide services $1,558.03

  • Wastewater—Bayfield $6,634.23
  • Wastewater—Hensall $2,750.28
  • Wastewater—Zurich $5,873.89
  • Water—Hensall $2,261.64
  • Rural area $1,738.76
  • Bayfield area 8,372.99
  • Hensall area $6,750.68
  • Zurich area $7,612.65

Non-residential (per square foot of gross floor area)

  • Services related to a highway $0.55
  • Outdoor recreation services $0.10
  • Administration $0.29
  • Waste diversion $0.01

Total municipal wide services $0.95.

  • Wastewater—Bayfield $1.44
  • Wastewater—Hensall $0.18
  • Wastewater—Zurich $0.00
  • Water—Hensall $0.15
  • Rural area $0.95
  • Bayfield area $2.39
  • Hensall area $1.27
  • Zurich area $0.95

Non-residential—Wind turbines

  • Services related to a highway $956.71
  • Outdoor recreation services $0.00
  • Administration $441.82
  • Waste diversion $0.00

Total municipal wide services $1,398.54.

There are no charges for urban services.

  • Rural area $1,398.54
  • Bayfield area $1,398.54
  • Hensall area $1,398.54
  • Zurich Area $1,398.54

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