Cost plans draw opposition

Spallumcheen receives input on proposed implementation of DCCs

Some people are against development cost charges (DCCs) in the Township of Spallumcheen.

Others are saying “just tax us more.”

The township is beginning to assemble public comments resulting from its proposal of implementing DCCs, a one-time charge levied on new development to assist financing the cost of upgrading roads.

The township does not presently have a DCC program in place. The proposed charges would be used to help fund road construction projects related to growth and building in the municipality.

That doesn’t sit well with some farmers. The township received four letters from those with farm land who felt the DCCs are unfair.

“The proposed DCC has no added value to viable farmers,” wrote one. “All services and infrastructure must still be paid for by the farmer.”

“Spall roads are used by everyone, not just farmers,” wrote another.

Coun. Christine Fraser pointed out that there is a belief among some residents that the DCCs are a done deal.

Not so.

“This is all part of the public consultation process,” said Fraser.

An open house was held in January and Fraser said more consultation will be done.