Off-site development levies are a tool that a municipality can use to pay for new infrastructure or the expansion of existing infrastructure required because of development. Off-site levies shall be authorized by municipal Bylaw.
Development – Any building, engineering, mining, or other operations in, on, or over land or the making of any material change in the use, of any building or land.
Infrastructure – The fundamental facilities and systems serving a city or area including the services and facilities necessary for its economy to function, and to provide services essential to enable, sustain, or enhance societal living conditions. This would include, but is not limited to, sewage, water or drainage works, roadways and related infrastructure, parks and recreation facilities.
City of Weyburn Bylaw 2014.3320 (the Bylaw), a Bylaw to establish an Off-Site Development Levy in respect of land that is to be subdivided, developed or re-developed within the City of Weyburn was adopted as per Section 169 of the Planning & Development Act2007 (the Act). The Bylaw applies to all Development Land located within the City of Weyburn and will be applied, with any necessary modification, to the extension of city services provided outside of the corporate limits of the city.
The purpose of charging the offsite development is to assist the city in paying expended, required and future capital costs for providing altering, expanding or upgrading infrastructure works which are located outside the boundaries of the development land, and which directly, or indirectly service and/or benefit the development land. The off-site development levy may also be utilized to pay a debt incurred by the city as a result of infrastructure expenditures.
The off-site development levy adopted in the Bylaw was derived from the findings of the City of Weyburn – Development Cost Charge Review prepared by Stantec Consulting, dated March 26, 2013.