Development Charges Background Study

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Milton is currently undertaking an update to the Town’s Development Charges (DC) Background Studies and By-laws.

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Background Study and statutory public meeting

In accordance with the legislative requirements outlined in the Development Charges Act, 1997, the Town of Milton has released the Development Charges Background Study as prepared by Watson & Associates. The DC Background Study includes:

  • Summary of the residential and non-residential growth forecast for the Town
  • Review of historical services standards and identification of future capital requirements to service the growth;
  • Calculation of the development charges
  • DC policy recommendations and rules
  • Draft Development Charge By-law(s)

A statutory public meeting took place on March 22, 2021. This meeting gave Council and staff the opportunity to gather feedback and recommendations from the public as part of the consultation process. Any feedback received on or before April 20, 2021 will be considered as staff prepare a report for Council consideration of the By-law in May. It is intended that the revised By-law will be enacted prior to the expiration of the existing By-law on June 28, 2021.

Feedback on the draft DC Background Study is encouraged using the ideas tool below or by participating at the statutory public meeting:

Project updates

As part of the Development Charges Background Study and By-law update process, a review of the Town’s Local Service Policy has been undertaken. The Local Service Policy outlines, in general terms, the size and nature of engineered infrastructure that is included in the study as a development charge project, versus infrastructure that is considered as a local service, to be emplaced separately by landowners, pursuant to a development agreement. Review the document and share your feedback using the ideas tool below.

Following up from a question at Community Meeting #1 regarding the interest rate the Town applies to Development Charges under the Act:
Through report CORS-002-20, Council approved the use of the Town’s financial institution prime lending rate as the interest rate under sections 26.1(7) and 26.2(3) of the Development Charges Act, 1997. The rate was confirmed through the approval of Financial Policy No. 177, which includes the following language with regards to the application of interest:

The Town will charge interest on deferral agreements under section 4.1.2 and 4.1.3 of this policy and in accordance with sections 26.1(7) and 26.2(3) of the Development Charges Act, 1997. Interest will be calculated as follows:

  1. The Town’s financial institution prime lending rate will be the interest rate used.
  2. The interest rate will be variable and updated daily as required.
  3. Interest will be calculated and compounded monthly; using the amount owing on the last business day of the month.
  4. Interest under section 26.2(3) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, will accrue and along with the development charges calculated become part of the amounts owing at permit issuance.
  5. Interest on deferral agreements and under section 26.1(7) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, will be payable annually with the development charge payment.

Get involved

Members of the public and the development community are encouraged to share feedback and comments about the growth forecast, service standards and capital costs used in the calculation of the development charges. We're also welcoming feedback on the proposed policies/definitions that will be included in the By-law and used in determining development charges on development applications.


What are development charges?

Development charges (DCs) allow for the recovery of growth-related capital expenditures that occur as a result of providing municipal services to new residential and non-residential development. DCs are imposed on development applications, to the applicant. These charges are applicable to all lands within the Town of Milton and may be required for:

  1. Construction of a new building or structure
  2. Addition or alteration to an existing building that increases the number of residential units or increases the non-residential total floor area
  3. Redevelopment of a property or making interior alterations that result in a change of use of all or part of a building or structure, including tenant fit-outs

View about the Town's current residential and non-residential DC rates.

How are development charges used?

Development charges are collected to provide funds to allow Milton to expand municipal services to new developments. The charges are used to support investment in growth infrastructure such as the expansion of arterial roads, the construction of new recreation facilities, parkland and libraries as well as expansion of the fire and transit service.

Milton is currently undertaking an update to the Town’s Development Charges (DC) Background Studies and By-laws.

Image of residential construction with the word Development Charges Study Get Involved

Background Study and statutory public meeting

In accordance with the legislative requirements outlined in the Development Charges Act, 1997, the Town of Milton has released the Development Charges Background Study as prepared by Watson & Associates. The DC Background Study includes:

  • Summary of the residential and non-residential growth forecast for the Town
  • Review of historical services standards and identification of future capital requirements to service the growth;
  • Calculation of the development charges
  • DC policy recommendations and rules
  • Draft Development Charge By-law(s)

A statutory public meeting took place on March 22, 2021. This meeting gave Council and staff the opportunity to gather feedback and recommendations from the public as part of the consultation process. Any feedback received on or before April 20, 2021 will be considered as staff prepare a report for Council consideration of the By-law in May. It is intended that the revised By-law will be enacted prior to the expiration of the existing By-law on June 28, 2021.

Feedback on the draft DC Background Study is encouraged using the ideas tool below or by participating at the statutory public meeting:

Project updates

As part of the Development Charges Background Study and By-law update process, a review of the Town’s Local Service Policy has been undertaken. The Local Service Policy outlines, in general terms, the size and nature of engineered infrastructure that is included in the study as a development charge project, versus infrastructure that is considered as a local service, to be emplaced separately by landowners, pursuant to a development agreement. Review the document and share your feedback using the ideas tool below.

Following up from a question at Community Meeting #1 regarding the interest rate the Town applies to Development Charges under the Act:
Through report CORS-002-20, Council approved the use of the Town’s financial institution prime lending rate as the interest rate under sections 26.1(7) and 26.2(3) of the Development Charges Act, 1997. The rate was confirmed through the approval of Financial Policy No. 177, which includes the following language with regards to the application of interest:

The Town will charge interest on deferral agreements under section 4.1.2 and 4.1.3 of this policy and in accordance with sections 26.1(7) and 26.2(3) of the Development Charges Act, 1997. Interest will be calculated as follows:

  1. The Town’s financial institution prime lending rate will be the interest rate used.
  2. The interest rate will be variable and updated daily as required.
  3. Interest will be calculated and compounded monthly; using the amount owing on the last business day of the month.
  4. Interest under section 26.2(3) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, will accrue and along with the development charges calculated become part of the amounts owing at permit issuance.
  5. Interest on deferral agreements and under section 26.1(7) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, will be payable annually with the development charge payment.

Get involved

Members of the public and the development community are encouraged to share feedback and comments about the growth forecast, service standards and capital costs used in the calculation of the development charges. We're also welcoming feedback on the proposed policies/definitions that will be included in the By-law and used in determining development charges on development applications.


What are development charges?

Development charges (DCs) allow for the recovery of growth-related capital expenditures that occur as a result of providing municipal services to new residential and non-residential development. DCs are imposed on development applications, to the applicant. These charges are applicable to all lands within the Town of Milton and may be required for:

  1. Construction of a new building or structure
  2. Addition or alteration to an existing building that increases the number of residential units or increases the non-residential total floor area
  3. Redevelopment of a property or making interior alterations that result in a change of use of all or part of a building or structure, including tenant fit-outs

View about the Town's current residential and non-residential DC rates.

How are development charges used?

Development charges are collected to provide funds to allow Milton to expand municipal services to new developments. The charges are used to support investment in growth infrastructure such as the expansion of arterial roads, the construction of new recreation facilities, parkland and libraries as well as expansion of the fire and transit service.