The Development Charges Act, 1997 (the DCA) and its associated regulation (O. Reg. 82/98) allow municipalities in Ontario to recover for growth-related capital costs from new development. In 2019 the Town completed the Development Charges Background Study to calculate new development charges for the Town of Midland in compliance with the provisions of the DCA. The Town of Midland Council passed a new development charges by-law, By-law No. 2019-80, on November 20, 2019 with the rates coming into effect on November 25, 2019.
Further changes to Development Charges are coming. Bill 108, the More Homes More Choice Act, 2019 has received Royal Assent, and proposes changes to the Development Charges Act and the Planning Act that will have an impact on the Town. Under the Bill 108 changes, DCs for rental and non-profit housing, as well as institutional uses will be paid in annual installments rather than up front. Also, DCs would be temporarily frozen when a municipality receives an application for site plan or zoning approval, whichever comes later. Changes to the DCA and Planning Act will also allow municipalities to charge for community benefits (CBC) which will replace DCs for discounted (soft) services. The Town has established DCs for soft services in By-law 2019-80 and the proposed transition to Community Benefit Charges in 2020 once the draft regulations on that process are approved by the Province. The Province recently introduced Bill 138 which proposes further changes to the Development Charges Act, Planning Act and 38 other pieces of legislation and it received 2nd reading on November 27, 2019. Please stay tuned and check back here and Engaging Midland website as the Town evaluates the changing provincial landscape for development and community benefit charges.
Provided below are links to the current DC rates, general information and the actual By-law. In addition to Town Charges, the Town is also required to collect Education Development Charges on behalf of the County School Boards and a County Development Charge on behalf of the County of Simcoe. These charges are noted in the summary sheets provided below, but for more detail please contact the respective Board's and/or the County of Simcoe.