THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
April 12, 2007
To hold a public meeting pursuant to Section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997 and the Region of Peel Public Notice By-law 63-2003. The purpose of the meeting is to present information to the public and obtain input on the proposed Region of Peel Development Charges By-law and background study.
1. ROLL CALL
|E. Adams*, G. Carlson, C. Corbasson, F. Dale, S. Fennell, G. Gibson, A. Groves, N. Iannicca, E. Kolb, K. Mahoney, E. Moore, M. Morrison, C. Parrish*, R. Paterak, P. Saito, J. Sanderson, J. Sprovieri, A. Thompson, R. Whitehead|
H. McCallion, due to other municipal business; S. McFadden, due to other municipal business; G. Miles; P. Mullin, due to other municipal business; P. Palleschi, due to other municipal business; M. Prentice, due to other municipal business
|D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; R. K. Gillespie, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Solicitor; D. Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance; N. Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning; M. Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works; Dr. D. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health; M. Goldrup, Acting Commissioner of People, Information and Technology; J. MacCrae, Acting Commissioner of Housing and Property; J. Menard, Acting Commissioner of Social Services; J. Smith, Acting Commissioner of Health; C. Gravlev, Regional Clerk; C. Thomson, Legislative Specialist|
2. OPENING OF PUBLIC MEETING
Regional Chair Kolb called the public meeting to order at 9:37 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton. He stated that the public meeting was open and was being held pursuant to the Development Charges Act, 1997 and in accordance with the Region of Peel Notice By-Law 63-2003.
Regional Chair Kolb stated that the purpose of the meeting was to present information to the public and obtain input on the proposed Region of Peel Development Charge By-law and background study.
3. CONFIRMATION OF NOTIFICATION
The Regional Clerk stated that Notice of the Public Meeting was given in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997 and the Region of Peel Notice By-law 63-2003, by publication in the following news media having general circulation in the Region of Peel:
|Mississauga News||March 21, 2007|
|Brampton Guardian||March 21, 2007|
|Caledon Enterprise||March 21, 2007|
|Region of Peel Website||March 20, 2007|
4. FURTHER NOTICE REQUEST
The Regional Chair stated that if any person would like further notice of the future passage of the proposed Development Charges By-law and background study, that he/she give their full name, address, postal code and telephone number in writing at the Clerk’s Division prior to leaving the meeting.
5. DEVELOPMENT CHARGES PROPOSAL
Regional Chair Kolb emphasized that the proposed by-law and background study is subject to change before being finalized by Council. He then called upon Dan Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance and Rob Elliott, Manager, Development Financing, to provide an overview of the by-law adoption process and timing involved.
Councillor Parrish arrived at 9:46 a.m.
a) Regional Municipality of Peel 2007 Development Charges Amending By-law and Background Study (Oral)
Presentation by Dan Labrecque, Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance and Rob Elliott, Manager, Development Financing
6. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
a) Oral Submissions
i) Phil King, Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association – Urban Development Institute, Peel Chapter
See also Item 6b-3
Phil King, Greater Toronto Homebuilders’ Association – Urban Development Institute noted that his organization had not yet fully reviewed the background study and indicated that the proposed date of May 31, 2007 for the Development Charges By-law to be considered by Regional Council does not allow sufficient time for the background study and by-law to be reviewed by the industry. Phil King suggested that staff report back to Regional Council recommending a more reasonable timeframe that would allow time for the industry to work with staff in reviewing the background study.
Phil King noted that the previous Development Charges By-law had a five-year term and developers based their business planning decisions accordingly. The timeframe proposed by staff reduces that period by one year and does not permit sufficient time for businesses to re-assess those decisions.
With respect to the transition process, whereby building permit applicants whose applications will be completed and submitted by June 1, 2007 and issued on or before August 31, 2007 would pay development charges according to the current by-law, By-law 52-2003, Phil King stated, the reality of the current process is that it can take over one year for complicated applications to go through the site plan process. The site plan process is a requirement prior to the issuance of a building permit. He requested that a process be implemented that reflects the reality of the approval process timeframes.
Phil King noted that all regions have potentially massive increases to their development charges and suggested that infrastructure funding practices need to be reviewed. He indicated developers are likely to direct their industrial projects, since the detrimental impact to this type of project is most severe, to areas such as Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo where development charges are lower. He noted that there is always a need for more infrastructure but it is new growth that pays for it. He stated that the industry would like to be involved in working with provincial and municipal governments to try to find alternative funding models.
In response to a question from Councillor Corbasson, Phil King indicated that with the co-operation of Regional staff, an additional six weeks could be sufficient to complete the review of the background study.
Councillor Corbasson questioned the fairness of the proposed timeline in that applications currently in progress may not be completed prior to the deadline, however, the applicants would have based their planning on the five-year term of the by-law.
The Treasurer and Commissioner of Finance undertook to report to the May 31, 2007 Regional Council meeting with an update on the status of the review of the background study and the possibility of deferral of the by-law to allow for further industry review, if required. Councillor Corbasson requested that the report include the impact of maintaining a five-year process.
Councillor Fennell indicated her support for working with the industry to review revenue streams for infrastructure and discussing the issue with the Minister of Finance.
Councillor Adams arrived at 10:21 a.m.
ii) Salvatore Cavarretta, Development Planner, Tridel
See also Item 6b-2
Salvatore Cavarretta, Development Planner, Tridel, stated his agreement with the comments made by Phil King and requested that consideration be given to extending the transition period.
iii) David Lyons, Representative, Peel Federation of Agriculture
David Lyons, Representative, Peel Federation of Agriculture advised that the Board of Directors of the Peel Federation of Agriculture had not had an opportunity to fully review the background study and its impacts and requested the timeline be extended to permit a full review. David Lyons further noted that should the recommendation not include commercial equestrian facilities within the agricultural uses exemption, there will be an impact on the members of the Federation and he indicated their willingness to work with Regional staff to develop a definition of “commercial equestrian facilities”.
b) Written Submissions
i) Paula J. Tenuta, Director, Municipal Government Relations, Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association – Urban Development Institute, Letter dated April 10, 2007
ii) Salvatore Cavarretta, Development Planner, Tridel, Letter dated April 11, 2007
See also Item 6a-2
iii) Phil J. King, President, Orlando Corporation, Letter dated April 11, 2007
See also Item 6a-1
7. CONCLUSION AND CLOSING OF PUBLIC MEETING
Regional Chair Kolb thanked those in attendance for their time and input, and stated that all comments received will be taken into consideration. He further stated that a final report and supporting by-law would be presented to Regional Council later this spring for final approval.
The Regional Chair officially closed the meeting at 10:26 a.m.