On September 24, 2020 the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) approved the development charges settlement brokered between DRHBA and the City of Oshawa.
In 2019, Oshawa City Council approved a new development charges by-law, which DRHBA immediately appealed. DRHBA then presented the City with a settlement offer, which was accepted.
The settlement included:
- · 0% of the increase applied on July 1, 2019
- · 50% of the increase applied on January 1, 2020
- · Final 50% of the increase applied on January 1, 2021
- · No indexing of development charges until January 1, 2021
Once the by-law was put in place, the City started charging development charges with the full increase amount included. Now that the LPAT has approved the settlement, builders who paid the full charge between July 1, 2019 and September 24, 2020 will receive a refund of the increase amount. The City of Oshawa has begun to process these refunds. Going forward, the appropriate amount will be charged for development charges.
Prior to the settlement, DRHBA and its stakeholder group had reduced the increase by $2,604 per single detached home; kept the redevelopment credit at 10 years; and removed Type C Arterial roads from the development charge.