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March 04, 2019
Development charges help grow our communities

Oxford County's development charge policy and by-laws are being updated in 2019


Oxford County’s development charges policies and by-laws* expire in July 2019. Last fall, we reached out to developers, businesses, industry and other municipal partners to ask how development charges can continue to support economic growth while offering affordability, transparency and accountability to communities.

Now, we are asking you to comment on the draft policy as we update the development charges by-laws based on feedback received since the last development charge review and stakeholder sessions held in August and September 2018. Joint stakeholder sessions in 2019 are being held with participating municipalities* on the following dates:

TILLSONBURG                                              WOODSTOCK 
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.          Monday, March 25, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. 

Tillsonburg Community Centre                       County Council Chambers 
Marwood Room, 45 Hardy Avenue                 21 Reeve Street

Not able to attend the sessions? You can still send a comment through Speak Up, Oxford!   

* Note: The current development charge consultation process includes Oxford County, Blandford-Blenheim, Ingersoll, East Zorra-Tavistock, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg and Zorra. 



Stakeholder presentation and local detailed findings


Joint stakeholder information session: Oxford County & Area Municipalities Development Charges Background Study | Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (Mar 21 & Mar 25)

County of Oxford Draft Findings

Township of Blandford-Blenheim Draft Findings

Township of East Zorra-Tavistock Draft Findings

Town of Ingersoll Draft Findings

Township of Norwich Draft Findings

Township of South-West Oxford

Town of Tillsonburg Draft Findings

Township of Zorra Draft Findings
 


 

Background


What are development charges?


Development charges are the fees paid by new development to help finance growth-related capital projects so that County infrastructure and services can be expanded and upgraded to serve our growing communities in a financially sustainable manner. They help pay for growth in a community, ensuring that our high standards and quality of life extend into new housing and commercial and industrial developments. This includes reliable and sustainable roads, water, wastewater, fire and ambulance, parks and more.


What is the development charge review?


The County and the area municipalities (with the exception of Woodstock) are conducting a development charge by-law consultation process, including meetings to advise stakeholders how they can learn more about the consultation opportunities, Development Charges Background Study process, methodology, draft findings, and proposed development charges by-law policy for new by-laws that will take effect in mid-2019.


Why are municipalities asking for feedback about development charges?


The Development Charges Act 1997 authorizes municipalities to pass by-laws to collect development charges and requires these by-laws to be re-enacted after a period of five years. To pass new by-laws, the municipalities are required to undertake a background study and hold a public meeting to inform the public about any changes.
     Feedback from the public, particularly those who are directly affected by any changes, helps us understand the impact of growth-projections, service inclusions and policy on development charges. With your input, we can ensure our practices are working fairly to better our community.


How can the community give input during the development charge review process?


Oxford County and the participating area municipalities have scheduled four joint stakeholder meetings over the course of the current development charges review:

FALL 2018 SESSIONS
Joint stakeholder sessions were held in 2018 to advise stakeholders about the process and considerations for the development charges review process. These meetings took place in: 

  • Tillsonburg - August 13, 2018
  • Woodstock -September 5, 2018   

Download the presentation: "Oxford County & Area Municipalities Development Charges Background Study"  

SPRING 2019 SESSIONS
Joint stakeholder sessions are being held now to allow stakeholders and the public to comment on the draft development charge policy. See times and locations at top of this page

  • Tillsonburg - March 21, 2019
  • Woodstock - March 25, 2019

Members of the public can send a comment through Speak Up, Oxford! at any time during the consultation period.


Timeline

  • Aug-Sept 2018: Joint stakeholder consultations | Download the presentation
  • March 2019: Joint stakeholder consultations
  • April 2019: Public meeting at Oxford County Council to allow final comment on the proposed development charges policies and rates for Oxford County purposes. Area municipal public meetings will be held at Council meetings for each of the area municipalities (Blandford-Blenheim, Ingersoll, East Zorra-Tavistock, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg and Zorra)
  • July 2019: New development charge policy and rates approval


Resources 


Questions


Questions? Please contact Customer Service or send your question through the Speak Up, Oxford! form.