The public can have its say in regards to proposed development cost charges (DCC) for Spallumcheen roads.
Council voted unanimously on a recommendation to direct staff to collaborate with consultants Urban Systems regarding a public consultation process in a timely manner by way of invitations, newspaper ads, website information and advising the development community and stakeholders of the process.
No dates have been selected as of yet.
“We’ve been working on this since 2008,” said Mayor Janice Brown. “As our roads fall behind $1.3 million every year, and we have lots of roads in Spallumcheen, we’ve been trying to figure out how to do development cost charges for new residents and farms to help with roads.”
The township, currently, does not have a DCC program in place, but feel that foreseeable growth and the impact the growth would have on roads make it necessary to establish a DCC program and bylaw.
According to a written report by Urban Systems, a proposed DCC program for Spallumcheen “itemizes road infrastructure projects that are necessary to support new growth throughout the township that will be funded in part by DCCs.”
The program would ensure that the people who use and benefit from the projects pay their share of the costs “in a fair and equitable manner.”
While consultation with the public is not required, Urban Systems recommended the process as it would provide those interested in, or affected by, the planned DCCs to offer comments and input.