Spallumcheen seeks input on cost charges

The proposed DCCs would be used to help fund road construction projects related to growth and building

The public can have its say as the Township of Spallumcheen debates the implementation of development cost charges (DCC).

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

“Development cost charges are a one-time charge levied on new development to assist in financing the cost of upgrading roads,” said administrator Greg Betts.

The public will have an opportunity to engage municipal staff on this issue during the upcoming public open house set for Jan. 27 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the township office.

A presentation on the proposed charges begins at 4 p.m.

The proposed DCC bylaw will apply to all property owners in the township and to every person who obtains approval of a subdivision; a building permit authorizing construction, alteration or extension of a building or structure that is to be used for a commercial, industrial, agricultural or institutional land use; or a building permit authorizing construction, alteration or extension of a residential building containing more than one dwelling unit, other than a secondary dwelling unit.

The proposed roads DCC will also apply to new agricultural developments with buildings over 200 m2 (2,152 ft2) The first 200 m2 of construction is exempted to allow farmers to construct up to a 200 m2  (2,152 ft2) barn or other agricultural buildings without paying DCCs.

Once a building is over 200 m2, owners will start paying DCCs for every square metre of building over 200 m2.

The township is considering DCCs to provide another revenue source to pay for roads. Right now, property taxes are the main source of funds for road construction.

The primary stakeholders who will be interested in these proposed DCCs are those land owners proposing new subdivisions, or constructing new commercial, industrial, multi-family residential (apartments and townhouses), or institutional buildings, as well as land owners thinking of constructing agricultural buildings over 200 m2.

For more information on this public open house, check www.spallumcheentwp.bc.ca or contact Betts at 250-546-3013, or mail@spallumcheentwp.bc.ca.