Development charges bylaw

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Bylaw number: 2019 - 064
Last passed by council: December 16, 2019


A bylaw of the Corporation of the City of Waterloo with respect to development charges. 

  1. Definitions
  2. Schedule and calculation of development charges
  3. Applicable lands 
  4. Application of charges 
  5. Requirement to provide local services 
  6. Multiple charges 
  7. Services in lieu
  8. Development charge redevelopment credits 
  9. Timing of calculation and payment 
  10. Refunds
  11. Bylaw registration 
  12. Reserve funds 
  13. Bylaw amendment or repeal 
  14. Development charge schedule indexing 
  15. Bylaw administration 
  16. Schedules to the bylaw 
  17. Date bylaw effective 
  18. Existing development charge bylaw repeal 
  19. Severability 
  20. Short title 
  21. Non-binding nature
  22. Schedule A 
  23. Schedule B
  24. Schedule C

Whereas section 2(1) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended (the “Act”), enables the council of a municipality to pass bylaws imposing development charges against land to pay for increased capital costs required because of increased needs for services arising from development of the area of the municipality to which the bylaw applies;

And whereas the Council of the Corporation of the City of Waterloo (“Council”), at its meeting of December 16, 2019, approved Report CORP2019-089, and in so doing adopted the "2019 Development Charges Background Study" dated October 17, 2019, prepared by City staff in association with Hemson Consulting Ltd. (the "Study");

And whereas Council provided notice of a public meeting on October 17 & 24, 2019, in accordance with section 12 of the Act, and held a public meeting on this same matter on November 18, 2019;

And whereas Council at that public meeting heard submissions of all persons who applied to be heard and, further, provided a sufficient period of time for the submission of written comments on the Study;

And whereas Council, having considered the use of area specific development charges, resolved on October 21, 2019, to continue its current practice of imposing development charges on a City-wide basis;

And whereas Council determined by resolution adopted on December, 16, 2019 that no further public meetings were required under section 12 of the Act;

And whereas Council, in considering all submissions on the Study and in adopting the Study, directed that development charges be imposed on lands within the City subject to development or redevelopment which would have the effect of substantially increasing the usability of such lands, in accordance with the provisions of this bylaw.

Therefore the Municipal Council of the Corporation of the City of Waterloo enacts as follows: 


1.0 Definitions

In this bylaw, 

(1) “accessory” when used to describe a use, building or structure, means a use, building or structure incidental, subordinate and exclusively devoted to the principal use, building or structure situated on the same lot. An accessory building or structure shall not be used for human habitation unless specifically permitted to do so by this Bylaw nor shall the accessory use share the same gross floor area of the principal use or occupy more than the percentage of gross floor area of the Site permitted as an accessory use by the applicable zoning bylaws ;

(2) “accessory apartment dwelling” means a separate self-contained dwelling unit which lawfully and actually existed on November 16, 1995 and the dwelling has continued to exist from Nov 16 1995 to present within a residential building that was originally designed as either:

(a) a single detached dwelling,

(b) a semi-detached dwelling,

(c) a townhouse dwelling,

(d) a freehold townhouse dwelling;

(3) “Act” means the Development Charges Act, 1997, c.27, as amended and all regulations thereto;

(4) “apartment building” means a residential building containing four (4) or more dwelling units, where each dwelling unit has access to an interior common corridor system with shared exit and entrance at grade. Excludes maisonette building, stacked townhouse building and Back-to-Back Townhouse Building;

(5) “Assessment Act” means the Assessment Act, 1990, c.A.31, as amended and all regulations thereto;

(6) “back-to-back townhouse dwelling” means a building containing more than two dwelling units separated vertically by a common wall, including a rear common wall, that do not have rear yards;

(7) “bed & breakfast establishment” means a single detached building where guest rooms are rented for the purposes of providing temporary overnight accommodation with one or more meals to the travelling or vacationing public as per the City’s zoning bylaw. Excludes hotel, group home, restaurant;

(8) “bedroom” means a habitable room within a dwelling unit that is not:

(a) a living room open to all occupants of the unit, and a dining room open to all occupants of the unit (the “Common Areas”);

(b) areas used for sanitary purposes, such as but not restricted to a washroom;

(c) areas used for cooking purposes, such as but not restricted to a kitchen;

(d) areas occupied by mechanical equipment, such as but not limited to furnaces, hot water heaters, and laundry equipment;

(e) stairways or hallways;

(f) rooms less than six (6) square metres in area where there are built-in cabinets and or closets;

(g) rooms less than seven (7) square metres in area where there are no built- in cabinets and or closets;

(h) a room without a window or alternative source of natural light; and

(i) a bachelor or studio unit shall be calculated to contain one (1) bedroom;

(9) “board of education” means a board defined in s.s.1(1) of the Education Act R.S.O. 1990, c.E.2, as amended;

(10) “building” means any structure used or intended to be used for the shelter, accommodation, or enclosure of persons, animals, or chattels. Any tent, awning, bin, metal container, platform, vessel, or vehicle used for the shelter, accommodation, or enclosure of persons, animals, or chattels shall be deemed a building for the purposes of this By-Law. Excludes a boundary wall or fence;

(11) “Building Code Act” means the Building Code Act, S.O. 1992 c. 23, as amended and all regulations thereto;

(12) “bylaw” means this D.C. bylaw and any amendments thereto;

(13) “capital cost” means costs incurred or proposed to be incurred by the municipality or a local board thereof directly or under an agreement,

(a) to acquire land or an interest in land, including a leasehold interest;

(b) to improve land;

(c) to acquire, lease, construct or improve buildings and structures;

(d) to acquire, lease, construct or improve facilities including,

(i) rolling stock, with an estimated life of seven years or more;

(ii) furniture and equipment, other than computer equipment;

(iii) materials acquired for circulation, reference or information purposes by a library board as defined in the Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.34, as amended; and

(e) to undertake studies in connection with any of the matters referred to in clauses (a) to (d);

(f) to complete the development charge background study required under section 10 of the Act;

(g) interest on money borrowed to pay for costs in (a) to (d); required for the provision of services designated in this bylaw within or outside the municipality;

(14) “Chief Building Official” means the City's Chief Building Official or his or her designate;

(15) “City” means The Corporation of the City of Waterloo;

(16) “City Treasurer” means the City's Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer;

(17) “Condominium Act” means the Condominium Act, 1998 c. 19, as amended and all regulations thereto;

(18) “Council” means City’s Council;

(19) “development” means the construction, erection or placing of one or more buildings or structures on land or the making of an addition or alteration to a building or structure that has the effect of increasing the size or usability thereof according to one or more of the actions referred to in subsection 2(2) of the Act, and includes redevelopment;

(20) “development charge” means a charge imposed pursuant to this bylaw;

(21) “duplex building” means a residential building divided into two (2) dwelling units by a horizontal continuous common wall;

(22) “dwelling unit” means two (2) or more rooms designed or intended to be occupied by and for the use of an individual or household as a residence with cooking and sanitary facilities exclusive to and within the unit;

(23) “existing industrial building” means a building or buildings existing on a site on August 1, 2014 or the first building or buildings constructed on a vacant site pursuant to site plan approval under section 41 of the Planning Act, subsequent to August 1, 2014 for which full development charges were paid, used for or in connection with,

(a) manufacturing, producing, assembly, processing, storing, warehousing or distributing something provided that such activities occupy not less than 75% of the gross floor area of the building(s) on the site;

(b) research or development in connection with manufacturing, producing or processing something which does not constitute more than 25% of the gross floor area of the building(s) on the site;

(c) retail sales by a manufacturer, producer or processor of something they manufactured, produced or processed, provided that the retail sales are at, and do not constitute more than 25% of the gross floor area of the building(s) on the site where the manufacturing, production or processing takes; or

(d) office or administrative purposes, if they are,

(i) carried out with respect to manufacturing, producing, assembly, processing, storage. warehousing or distributing of something; and

(ii) in or attached to the building(s) or structure(s) used for that manufacturing, producing, assembly, processing, storage, warehousing or distribution;

(24) “farm building” means that part of a bona fide farming operation encompassing barns, silos and other ancillary development to an agricultural use, but excluding a residential use;

(25) “freehold townhouse building” means a residential building containing three (3) to six (6) dwelling units which:

(a) are separated vertically by a continuous common wall without opening from basement to roof;

(b) are under a connected roof;

(c) have a separate entrance at grade;

(d) have connected exterior walls; and

(e) are located on separate lots;

(26) “garden suite” means a separate self-contained dwelling unit that is designed to be portable and located on the same lot as the principal dwelling unit;

(27) “grade” means the finished ground level of the land, and when used in reference to a building or structure shall mean the finished ground level of the land adjacent to the exterior walls of the building or structure;

(28) “gross floor area” means the total floor area of a building or structure or part thereof, measured between the outside surfaces of exterior walls or between the outside surfaces of exterior walls and the centre line of any partition walls dividing the building or structure from another building or structure, of all floors, except for:

(a) a room or enclosed area within the building or structure above orbelow grade that is used exclusively for the accommodation of heating, cooling, ventilating, electrical, mechanical or telecommunications equipment that service the building;

(b) loading facilities above or below grade;

(c) in the case of a residential building, a part of the building or structure that is used for:

(i) residential amenity space,

(ii) the parking of motor vehicles; and

(iii) storage or other accessory use; and

(d) in the case of a non-residential building, a part of the building or structure that is specifically designated and used for the parking of passenger motor vehicles; The gross floor area shall include any area which is being used for the repair or for the public sale of vehicles.

(29) “group home” means a residential dwelling where a household ranging from three (3) to eight (8) residents (excluding staff and the receiving family) live under supervision, and who by reason of their emotional, mental, social, physical condition, or legal status require a group living arrangement for their well-being. Group homes shall be licensed or approved for funding under an Act of the Parliament of Canada or the Province of Ontario;

(30) “home occupation” means a vocational use, which is not a Farm Occupation, carried on in conjunction with a Dwelling Unit on the same property as permitted by the applicable municipal zoning bylaw;

(31) “hotel” means a building or part thereof with no less than six (6) rooms used or designed to be used for temporary overnight accommodation of the travelling or vacationing public, and may include an ancillary restaurant and conference facilities. Excludes bed & breakfast establishment, group home, long term care facility, and assisted living facility;

(32) “household” means one (1) or more persons living together as a single nonprofit, independent housekeeping unit, sharing all areas of the dwelling unit;

(33) “institution” means a not-for-profit organization or foundation devoted to a public, educational, health, social welfare, or charitable cause or program. Includes a public hospital, library, university, college, public school, community centre, and government operations. Excludes spiritual uses, medical clinics, dwelling units, and residences;

(34) “live/work unit” means a unit which contains separate residential and nonresidential areas intended for both residential and non-residential uses concurrently, and shares a common wall or floor with or without direct access between the residential and non-residential areas;

(35) “local board” has the same meaning as defined in section 1 of the Act;

(36) “local services” means those facilities, works or matters which may be required by the City as a condition of approval under sections 51 or 53 of the Planning Act or Section 34(5) under the Condominium Act;

(37) “lodging house” means a building or part thereof where the residents share access to common areas of the building, other than the Lodging room, used for residential occupancy where a proprietor offers lodging rooms to five (5) or more persons, with or without meals, in return for remuneration or the provision of a service, or for both. Excludes hotel, bed & breakfast establishment, long term care facility, assisted living facility, group home;

(38) “lodging room” means a bedroom within a lodging unit designed to be occupied for human habilitation by one resident which is exclusively used by the resident of the bedroom, and is not normally accessible to persons other than the resident of the bedroom;

(39) “lodging unit” means a living accommodation which does not include the exclusive use of both a kitchen and a bathroom;

(40) “long term care facility” means a building or part thereof:

(a) that is regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care;

(b) that is the residence of a person;

(c) where residents are provided with twenty four (24) hour nursing care and supervision; and

(d) where residents are furnished with meals;

(41) “maisonette building” means a residential building containing four (4) or more dwelling units, where each dwelling unit has at least two separate means of egress. One of the means of egress shall lead to a common corridor, and the other means of egress shall lead directly outside from the dwelling unit;

(42) “mixed-use building” means a building containing one or more dwelling units and one or more non-residential uses other than:

(a) home occupations;

(b) parking spaces;

(43) “Municipal Act” means the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001 c.25, as amended and all regulations thereto;

(44) “multi-unit residential building” means a residential building containing four (4) or more dwelling units;

(45) “multiple dwelling” means all residential dwellings other than a single detached dwelling, semi-detached dwelling, apartment dwelling or a lodging house/room; including, but not limited to, townhouse dwelling, multi-unit dwelling, back-to-back townhouse dwelling, stacked townhouse dwelling;

(46) “non-residential use” means any commercial, industrial, institutional or other use not included in the definition of a residential use and “non-residential” has a corresponding meaning;

(47) “Official Plan” means the City's Official Plan, and any amendments thereto;

(48) “owner” means the owner of land or a person who has made application for an approval for the development of land upon which a development charge is imposed;

(49) “place of worship” means that part of a building or structure that is exempt from taxation as a place of worship under section 3 of the Assessment Act;

(50) “Planning Act” means the Planning Act, 1990, c.P.13, as amended and all regulations thereto;

(51) "Public Hospitals Act" means the Public Hospitals Act, c.P. 40, as amended and all regulations thereto;

(52) “redevelopment” means the removal of a building or structure from land, the further development of the land, or the substantial renovation of a building or structure and a change in the use or density of the use in connection therewith;

(53) “Region” means The Regional Municipality of Waterloo;

(54) “regulation” means Ontario Regulation 82/98, as amended;

(55) “residential amenity space” means indoor or outdoor space on a lot that is:

(a) ancillary to a residential use; and

(b) communal and available for use by the residents of the residential building or residential portion of the building on the lot and their invitees for recreational or social activities;

(56) "residential use” means land, buildings or structures of any kind whatsoever or a part thereof used, designed or intended to be used as living accommodations for one or more individuals, but does not include hospitals, hotels, group homes, or long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities, and "residential" has a corresponding meaning;

(57) “semi-detached building” means a residential building divided into two (2) dwelling units by a vertical continuous common wall without opening from basement to roof;

(58) “services” (or “service”) means those services set out in Schedule “A” to this bylaw;

(59) “services in lieu” means those services specified in an agreement made under section 7 of this bylaw;

(60) “servicing agreement” means an agreement between a landowner and the municipality relative to the provision of municipal services to specified lands within the municipality;

(61) “single detached dwelling” means any building containing only one dwelling unit;

(62) “spiritual use” see “place of worship”;

(63) “stacked townhouse building” means a residential building containing four (4) or more dwelling units which are horizontally and vertically separated in a split level or stacked manner, where each dwelling unit egresses directly outside to grade (no egress to a common corridor);

(64) “triplex building” means a residential building containing three (3) dwelling units with a maximum of two (2) of the three (3) dwelling units being vertically separated;

(65) “townhouse building” means a residential building containing three (3) to six (6) dwelling units which:

(a) are separated vertically by a continuous common wall without opening from basement to roof;

(b) are under a connected roof;

(c) have a separate entrance at grade;

(d) have connected exterior walls; and

(e) are located on the same lot.


2.0 Schedule and calculation of development charges

(1) Council hereby determines that the development of land, within the City, unless otherwise specified in this bylaw, will increase the need for the services referenced in Schedule "A".

(2) Subject to section 4 and the other provisions of this bylaw, development charges against land shall be calculated and collected in accordance with the base rates set out in Schedule "B" and Schedule “C” to this bylaw, which relate to the services set out in Schedule "A".

(3) The development charge with respect to the use of any land, buildings or structures or portions thereof shall be calculated as the aggregate of the following:

(a) For development for residential purposes, development charges shall be imposed on all residential development, including a dwelling unit accessory to a non-residential development and the residential component of a mixed-use building, including the residential component of a live/work unit, according to the number and type of dwelling units on the lands as set out in Schedule “B” and Schedule “C”; and

(b) For development for non-residential purposes, development charges shall be imposed on all non-residential development and, in the case of a mixed-used building, on the non-residential component of the mixed-use building, including the non-residential component of a live/work unit, according to the type and gross floor area of the nonresidential component as set out in Schedule “B” and Schedule “C”.


3.0 Applicable lands

(1) Subject to subsections (2), (3), (4) and (5), this bylaw applies to all lands in the City of Waterloo, whether or not the lands or use is exempt from taxation under section 3 of the Assessment Act.

(2) This bylaw shall not apply to land that is owned by and used for the purposes of:

(a) any educational use by a board of education;

(b) any municipality or any local board of such municipality;

(c) the Crown in right of Ontario or the Crown in right of Canada;

(d) universities or colleges except:

(i) development beyond lands designated "Academic " in the Official Plan;

(ii) industrial/research uses on university or college lands where the industrial/research use is the main use; or

(iii) commercial uses.

(3) This bylaw shall not apply to:

(a) a temporary use permitted under a zoning bylaw amendment enacted under section 39 of the Planning Act;

(b) the temporary use of a construction trailer in connection with the construction of the development; or

(c) the erection of a building without foundation as defined in the Building Code Act for a period not exceeding six (6) consecutive months, provided that:

(i) the status of the building or structure as a temporary building or structure is maintained in accordance with the provisions of thissubsection; and

(ii) upon application being made for the issuance of a permit under the Building Code Act, in relation to a temporary building or structure on land to which a development charge applies, the City may require that the owner submit security satisfactory to the City’s Commissioner of Integrated Planning and Public Works (IPPW), to be realized upon and in the event that the building or structure is present on the subject land for a continuous period exceeding six (6) months, and development charges thereby become payable.

(d) an Accessory Building, provided that the total Gross Floor Area of the Accessory Building or Buildings does not exceed the total Gross Floor Area of the applicable main use, buildings, Dwelling Units or Lodging Units; and as permitted by the applicable zoning bylaws.

(4) This bylaw shall not apply to the development of land that constitutes, in accordance with, and subject to the restrictions contained in, section 2(3) of the Act and section 2 of the regulation:

(a) the enlargement of an existing dwelling unit;

(b) the creation of one or two additional dwelling units in an existing single detached dwelling; or

(c) The creation of a second dwelling unit in prescribed classes of proposed new residential buildings, including structures ancillary to dwellings, subject to the prescribed restrictions;

(d) the creation of one additional dwelling unit in any other existing residential building.

For clarity, existing refers to the unit, dwelling or building prior to the first enlargement.

(5) This bylaw shall not apply to the enlargement of an existing industrial building up to a maximum of fifty percent (50%) of the existing gross floor area prior to the first enlargement, in accordance with section 4 of the Act and section 1 of the regulation.

(6) Despite one or more lots being created from an original lot which result in an existing industrial building being separated on a lot from its previous enlargement(s) for which an exemption was granted under section 3(5) of this bylaw, further exemptions, if any, shall be calculated on the basis of the gross floor area of the existing industrial building prior to the first enlargement and the lot prior to its division.

(7) Where a conflict exists between the provisions of this bylaw and any other agreement between the City and the owner, with respect to land to be charged under this policy, the provisions of such agreement prevail to the extent of the conflict.


4.0 Application of charges

(1) Per section 2(2) of the Act, development charges shall apply to, and shall be calculated and collected in accordance with the provisions of this bylaw on land to be developed for residential and non-residential use for development that requires:

(a) the passing of a zoning bylaw or an amendment thereto under section 34 of the Planning Act;

(b) the approval of a minor variance under section 45 of the Planning Act;

(c) a conveyance of land to which a bylaw passed under subsection 50(7) of the Planning Act applies;

(d) the approval of a plan of subdivision under section 51 of the Planning Act;

(e) a consent under section 53 of the Planning Act;

(f) the approval of a description under section 9 of the Condominium Act; or

(g) the issuing of a permit under the Building Code Act, in relation to a building or structure.

(2) Subsection (1) shall not apply in respect of the provision of local services or the installation of local connections to local services.


5.0 Requirement to provide local services

Nothing in this bylaw prevents Council from requiring the provision of local services with respect to any lands subject to development charges under this bylaw.


6.0 Multiple charges

(1) Where two or more of the approvals described in section 4(1) are required at the same time for the development of land to which a development charge applies, only one development charge shall be calculated and collected in accordance with the provisions of this bylaw.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), if two or more of the approvals described in section 4(1) occur at different times, and if the subsequent approval has the effect of increasing the need for municipal services as set out in Schedule A, an additional development charge on the additional residential units and/or non-residential floor area, shall be calculated and collected in accordance with the provisions of this bylaw.


7.0 Services in lieu

(1) Council may authorize an owner, through an agreement under section 38 of the Act, to substitute such part of the development charge applicable to the owner's development as may be specified in the agreement, by the provision at the sole expense of the owner, of services in lieu. Such agreement shall further specify that where the owner provides services in lieu in accordance with the agreement, Council shall give to the owner a credit, without interest, against the development charge in accordance with the agreement provisions and the provisions of section 39 of the Act, equal to the reasonable cost to the owner of providing the services in lieu, as determined by the City's Commissioner of IPPW. In no case shall the agreement provide for a credit which exceeds the total development charge payable by an owner to the municipality in respect of the development to which the agreement relates.

(2) In any agreement under section 7(1), Council may also give a further credit to the owner equal to the reasonable cost of providing services in addition to, or of a greater size or capacity, than would be required under this bylaw.

(3) The credit provided for in subsection (2) shall not be charged to the reserve funds prescribed under section 12 of this bylaw.

(4) Any unused credit may be applied upon proof satisfactory to the City's Chief Building Official, to any subsequent development charge payable in respect to the same land and may be transferable to subsequent owners thereof.


8.0 Development charge redevelopment credits

(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, where any redevelopment of land replaces or changes a former or existing development, and, in the case of demolition, a building permit has been issued within:

(a) five (5) years from the date of demolition permit issuance for a former development that was for residential use, or within five (5) years of the actual demolition for a building or structure which is lawfully non-conforming and involuntarily destroyed or damaged, in whole or in part, by fire or natural disaster, the development charge applicable to the redevelopment shall be reduced by a redevelopment allowance, without interest, not to exceed an amount equal to the total of the number and types of legally established dwelling units and lodging units in the former or existing development.

(b) ten (10) years from the date of demolition permit issuance for a former development that was for non-residential use or was a mixed-use development, or within ten (10) years of the actual demolition for a building or structure which is lawfully non-conforming and involuntarily destroyed or damaged, in whole or in part, by fire or natural disaster, the development charge applicable to the redevelopment shall be reduced by a redevelopment allowance, without interest, not to exceed an amount equal to the total of:

I. for residential development, the number and types of legally established dwelling units and lodging units in the former or existing development; and

II. for non-residential development, the legally established gross floor area of all non-residential use components in the former or existing development, as determined by the City's Commissioner of IPPW and the Chief Building Official at current applicable rates for such units or gross floor area.

(2) No redevelopment allowance shall be made in excess of the development charge payable for a redevelopment; however, where any redevelopment of land replaces or changes a former or existing development and in the case of demolition, a building permit has been issued within five (5) years from the date of demolition permit issuance for a former development that was for residential use, or within five (5) years of the actual demolition for a building or structure which is lawfully nonconforming and involuntarily destroyed or damaged, in whole or in part, by fire or natural disaster, or ten (10) years from the date of demolition permit issuance for a former development that was for non-residential use or was a mixed-use development, or within ten (10) years of the actual demolition for a building or structure which is lawfully non-conforming and involuntarily destroyed or damaged, in whole or in part, by fire or natural disaster, the redevelopment allowance may be carried forward and applied, upon proof satisfactory to the City's Commissioner of IPPW and the Chief Building Official, to any subsequent development charge payable in respect to the same land as referred to in subsection (a) and (b).


9.0 Timing of calculation and payment

(1) Development charges shall be calculated and payable in full in money or by provision of services as may be agreed upon, or by credit granted by the Act, on the date that the first building permit is issued in relation to a building or structure on land to which a development charge applies, or in a manner or at a time otherwise lawfully agreed upon.

(2) Where development charges apply to land in relation to which a building permit is required, the building permit shall not be issued until the development charge has been paid in full.

(3) Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2), Council may agree to enter into an agreement with an owner under section 27 of the Act to provide for the payment in full of a development charge before the first building permit issuance or later than the issuing of the first building permit.

(4) Where any development charge, or part thereof, remains unpaid after the date provided for payment in an agreement entered into pursuant to subsection 3, the amount unpaid shall be added to the tax roll and shall be collected as taxes under section 446 of the Municipal Act.

(5) Where any unpaid development charges are collected as taxes under subsection (4), the monies so collected shall be credited to the development charge reserve fund or funds referred to in subsection 12(1).


10.0 Refunds

Where development charges have been paid on the issuance of a building permit and that building permit is subsequently cancelled or revoked by the Chief Building Official under the Building Code Act for the building or structure within seven (7) years of the issuance of the building permit without development having been commenced, for the purposes of this bylaw the building permit shall be deemed never to have been issued, and the amount of the development charges paid shall be refunded to the payor without interest.


11.0 Bylaw registration

This Bylaw or a certified copy of this bylaw may be registered against the title to any land to which this bylaw applies.


12.0 Reserve funds

(1) Monies received from payment of development charges shall be maintained in a separate reserve fund for each service designated in Schedule "A," plus interest earned thereon.

(2) Monies received for the payment of development charges shall be used only in accordance with the provisions of section 35 of the Act.

(3) The City Treasurer shall, on or before June 1 of each year, furnish to Council a financial statement in respect of the reserve funds established hereunder for the prior year, containing information in accordance with the provisions of the Act.


13.0 Bylaw amendment or repeal

(1) Where this bylaw or any development charge prescribed thereunder is amended or repealed by order of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal or by resolution of Council, the City Treasurer shall calculate forthwith the amount of any overpayment to be refunded as a result of said amendment or repeal.

(2) Refunds that are required to be paid under subsection (1) shall be paid to the registered owner of the land on the date on which the refund is paid.

(3) Refunds that are required to be paid under subsection (1) shall be paid with interest to be calculated as follows:

(a) interest shall be calculated from the date on which the overpayment was collected to the day on which the refund is paid;

(b) the refund shall include the interest owed under this section; and

(c) interest shall be paid at the Bank of Canada rate in effect on the date of enactment of this bylaw, updated on the first business day of every January, April, July and October thereafter for the life of this bylaw.


14.0 Development charge schedule indexing

The development charges referred to in Schedule "B" and Schedule “C” shall be adjusted without amendment to this bylaw on December 1 of each year, commencing December 1, 2020, in accordance with section 7 of the Regulation.


15.0 Bylaw administration

This bylaw shall be administered by the City Treasurer


16.0 Schedules to the bylaw

The following schedules to this bylaw form an integral part of this bylaw:

Schedule A - Designated Municipal Services

Schedule B - Schedule of Development Charges for Discounted Services

Schedule C - Schedule of Development Charges for Non-Discounted Services


17.0 Date bylaw effective

This bylaw shall come into force and effect on December 31, 2019. For greater clarity, the development charges set out in this bylaw shall apply to any building permit issued on or after December 31, 2019.


18.0 Existing development charge bylaw repeal

Bylaw 2017-075 is repealed effective the date that this bylaw comes into force and effect.


19.0 Severability

(1) If, for any reason, any provision, section, subsection or paragraph of this bylaw is held to be invalid, it is hereby declared to be the intention of Council that all of the remainder of this bylaw shall continue in full force and effect until repealed, re-enacted or amended, in whole or in part or dealt with in any other way.

(2) If any provisions of this Bylaw conflicts with the Act and its regulations as a result of amendments pursuant to the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019, then the Act and its regulations shall prevail as necessary.

(3) For greater certainty, a conflict shall not apply pursuant to subsection (2) where a provision in this Bylaw is allowed to remain in effect for a prescribed period of time pursuant to the Act or its regulations as amended by the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.


20.0 Short title

This bylaw may be cited as the "Waterloo Development Charge Bylaw #2019-064"


21.0 Non-binding nature

Nothing in this bylaw shall be construed so as to commit or require the City or its Council to authorize or proceed with any specific capital project at any specific time.


22.0 Schedule A

Designated municipal services under this bylaw

A-1: Discounted services

1. Parks and Major Indoor Recreation Facilities

2. Parking 3. Cemeteries

4. Library Services

5. Growth Studies

A-2: Non-discounted services

1. Roads and Related Works

2. Public Works and Fleet

3. Water Supply and Wastewater Services

4. Stormwater Drainage and Control Services

5. Protective Services

6. Engineering Studies


23.0 Schedule B

ServiceResidential charge by dwelling unit typeLodging house per bedroomNon-residential charge per square footNon-residential charge per square metre
Singles and SemisApartmentsMultiple
3 Bedrooms or less4+ bedrooms
Library services  $908  $500  $1,120  $597  $260  $0.00  $0.00
Parks and major indoor recreation facilities  $5,187  $2,855  $6,395  $3,412  $1,485  $0.00  $0.00
Cemeteries  $0  $0  $0  $0  $0 $0   $0
Parking $1,177   $648  $1,451  $774  $337  $0.81  $8.72
Growth studies  $398  $219  $491  $262  $114  $0.28  $3.01
Total charge per dwelling unit  $7,670  $4,222  $9,457  $5,045  $2,196  $1.09  $11.73

 


24.0 Schedule C

ServiceResidential charge by dwelling unit typeLodging house per bedroomNon-residential charge per square footNon-residential charge per square metre
Singles and SemisApartmentsMultiple
3 Bedrooms or less4+ bedrooms
Protective Services $489  $269  $603  $322 $140  $0.34  $3.66
Public Works and Fleet  $842  $463 $1,038  $554  $241  $0.58 $6.24
Roads and related services $2,763  $1,521  $3,406  $1,817 $791 $1.89  $20.34
Water supply and wastewater $2,504  $1,378  $3,088  $1,647 $717  $1.71  $18.41
Stormwater drainage and control services  $1,226  $675 $1,512 $806 $351  $0.84 $9.04
Engineering studies  $283  $156  $349  $186  $81  $0.20  $2.15
Total charge per dwelling unit $8,107 $4,462 $9,996 $5,332 $2,321 $5.56 $59.85

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