This information is intended to give an overview of development charges (DCs). For more complete information, reference should be made to:

Always review the relevant by-law and consult with the Town of Huntsville Building department to determine the charges that may apply to specific development proposals

Development charge overview

1. Purpose
DCs are levies against new development imposed. The charges help finance infrastructure to meet services that result from growth and development. 
2. By-law 

The Town of Huntsville's Council passed By-law No. 2015-99 on December 21, 2015 (effective March 22, 2016) and amended on January 23rd, 2017 (effective March 22, 2017) under section 2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997. This by-law establishes Municipal-wide development charges.

By-law No. 2015-99 as amended includes a gradual increase to the amounts imposed. In 2017 47.5% of the calculated charges presented in Schedule B of the By-law be imposed and increases each year thereafter. This results in the development charge rates shown in the tables below.

3. Rules and application
  1. Development Charge By-law No. 2015-99 as amended applies to all lands in the Town of Huntsville
  2. DCs are payable under the by-law on the date a building permit is issued
  3. The following uses are wholly exempt from DCs under the by-law:
    • Lands owned by and used for the purposes of a municipality, local board thereof, or board of education
    • Hospitals under the Public Hospitals Act
    • A place of worship classified as exempt from taxation under Section 3 of the Assessment Act
    • A non-residential farm building
    • The enlargement of an existing residential dwelling unit, or the creation of one or two additional units where specified conditions are met
    • The enlargement of the gross floor area of an existing industrial building where the gross floor area is enlarged by 50 percent or less
    • Buildings in the community improvement plan area, as shown in Schedule E to By-law 2015-99
  4. A reduction in municipal-wide DCs under By-law No. 2015-99 as amended is allowed in the case of a demolition or redevelopment of a building, provided that the building existed on or after January 1, 1990
  5. The schedule of DCs shall be adjusted annually on January 1 in accordance with the most recent twelve-month change in the Statistics Canada Quarterly, Non-residential Building Construction Price Index
  6. Affordable / accessible housing development fee rebate program
  7. Affordable / accessible housing deferral agreement / rebate application form 
4. Services that DCs relate
  • Administration--Growth related studies
  • Library Services
  • Fire Services
  • Indoor Recreation
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Roads and Related--including associated structures, sidewalks, street lights, traffic signals, landscaping and intersection improvements.
  • Other Transportation Services (Municipal Parking Services)
5. Treasurer's statement

The purpose of the annual statement of the Treasurer is to document the continuity of each DC reserve fund. The Treasurer's Statement shall provide a description of each service for which a fund was established, the opening and closing balances of the reserve funds and of the transactions relating to the funds, the sources of funding including the manner in which capital costs not funded under the by-law was or will be funded.

The Treasurer's Annual Statement may be viewed by the public at the office of the Town Clerk during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

Residential properties total municipal-wide services

Effective March 22, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Service Single and semi-detached Apartments with 2+ bedrooms Apartments with bachelor and 1 bedroom Other multiples Seniors and student housing Woodland retreat
Roads and related $514 $338 $235 $344 $235 $129
Other transportation $42 $27 $19 $27 $19 $11
Fire protection $327 $215 $149 $218 $149 $82
Outdoor recreation $160 $105 $73 $107 $73 $40
Indoor recreation $2,336 $1,533 $1,068 $1,560 $1,068 $584
Library $198 $130 $91 $132 $91 $50
Administration $63 $41 $29 $42 $29 $16
Total municipal-wide services $3,640 $2,389 $1,664 $2,430 $1,664 $912

Non-residential properties total municipal-wide services

Effective March 22, 2018 to December 31, 2018

Service Per square foot of gross floor area 
Roads and related $0.36
Other transportation $0.03
Fire protection $0.22 
Outdoor recreation $0.02 
Indoor recreation $0.23 
Library $0.02 
Administration $0.05 
Total municipal-wide Services   $0.93