Development Charges

Development charges are collected to assist in financing capital costs associated with new infrastructure and municipal service expansion needed to support growth. View the current municipal fees and rates

Development charges are payable prior to the issuance of a building permit.  These include separate District of Muskoka development charges and school board development charges which the Town collects on behalf of these regional levels.

Background

In April 2014, the Town released a Development Charges Background Study conducted by Hemson Consulting Ltd. to support new charges. The 2009 District of Muskoka Growth Study and the 2013 District of Muskoka Growth Study formed the growth projections used in the background study.

The Town of Gravenhurst adopted Development Charges By-law 2014-75 on August 19, 2014.  Rates imposed under the by-law came into effect on August 20, 2014 and are indexed annually on January 1st in accordance with Statistics Canada Quarterly Construction Price Indexes reporting guidelines. View the Notice of the Passing. This by-law is set to expire on August 20, 2019.

2019 Development Charges Background Study

The Town of Gravenhurst, as required by legislation, must conduct a background study and public process for review to enact a new development charges by-law every five years.

The 2019 Development Charges Background Study provides information on proposed development charges. The 2019 District of Muskoka Growth Study formed the growth projections used in the background study. Both of these documents helped develop the draft 2019 Development Charges By-law.

You are invited to provide comments on the both the background study and the proposed by-law at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 3:00pm in the Council Chambers at the Town of Gravenhurst Municipal Office.

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