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Development charges deferred, may be waived

Development charges worth $58,000 for the construction of a community centre for residents of the Ridgeway By The Lake subdivision will be deferred for three years and will likely be waived.

Town council endorsed the deferral Aug. 9 and passed it into bylaw Aug. 16.

Robert Mills sought the deferral because he is building it on behalf of the subdivision homeowner’s association and it won’t be used for commercial purposes.

The centre meets the definition of “institutional” in the development charges bylaw and would be exempt if the homeowner’s association were to build it.

He doesn’t expect the association to be able to take possession of the centre for three years and he will subsidize the operations during that time.

Development charges are normally paid when building permits are issued and the deferral may enable an outright exemption of the charges.

Town CAO Harry Schlange said a similar request will be made to the Region for approximately $68,000.

The community centre will be for the exclusive use of the subdivision residents. There will be a common mailroom, exercise facilities and meeting room in the 9,200 square-foot building.

Joe Mrozek, senior planner with the town, said there is no precedent in Fort Erie. The only other community centre like this is at the Crystal Beach Tennis and Yacht Club and there was no development charges bylaw when it was built.

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  1. George Jardine | Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    a Community Centre is a tax producing milk cow for the Municipality paying in taxes tens of thousands of dollars .per year.

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