Council passes development charges bylaw 

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council passed a bylaw that will see charges for developers increase between 2019 and 2023.

The new bylaw was read for the first three times at the regular council meeting on November 14th last year. Under the new bylaw, three charge schedules will be implemented for a period of two years each starting on January 1st of next year. The City’s Director of Legislative Services Janet Prestley explained that those charges are only applicable for new subdivisions, and not for new builds on existing lots.

Under Schedule ‘A’ developers will need to pay the City $8,595 to build a single-family detached home, $8,595 for each dwelling in a semi-attached home or duplex, and $2150 per unit in a multi-family residence. Builders of commercial, industrial, and institutional properties will be charged per square metre of gross floor area.

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Schedule ‘A’ charges will be in effect until December 31st, 2020, Schedule ‘B’ charges will take effect from January 1st, 2021 until December 31st, 2022, and Schedule ‘C’ charges will be in effect from the first day of 2023 onwards. During that time, the development charge of a single-family detached home or duplex dwelling will rise from $8,595 to $9,893.

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