WINNIPEG – The idea of a growth fee being tossed around City Hall could possibly mean a new home in Winnipeg would cost an extra $20,000 to $30,000.
That’s the concern being raised by the President and CEO of the Manitoba Homebuilders’ Association after a lengthy meeting with a consulting firm that was hired by the city to study the idea of how to add an extra fee for new homes along with other commercial and industrial developments.
“I’ll give the reaction of the room – disappointed,” Mike Moore told reporters after Thursday morning’s three hour meeting with Hemson Consulting.
“That was said continuously – disappointed in the numbers that have been created, disappointed in the process. There’s a fair amount of frustration in the room.”
Hemson has been mandated by city council to how new developments will affect the costs of city services such as policing, water and roads.
The Mayor has previously come out in support of a growth fee arguing the entire city should not have to foot the bill for new development.
“We are the only city in Canada, the only municipality in Manitoba that does not have that revenue tool to meet the infrastructure demands of today, but also to prepare for the future. That’s why that discussion and this study are so important,” Bowman told reporters at City Hall on Wednesday.
It was originally thought the study that is currently underway by Hemson will only affect residential builds, but developers found out during the meeting commercial and industrial developments would be looped in as well.
“We want to create a complete basket of options possible and bring that forward and have that considered,” said city economist Tyler Markowsky.
Hemson submitted their second of three reports to city staff and the final report is expected by August 31. City Council will have the final say on any growth fees, which could be play a role in planning the 2017 budget.
Hemson’s presentation to the home builders can be found on the city’s website.