At least one community outside of Winnipeg is not looking for more added growth as the debate continues on at city hall over a proposed development fee.
The proposed plan would charge thousands of dollars on new homes and commercial buildings in Winnipeg. A growth fee report recommends a fee of approximately $10 per square foot for new residential homes.
Local developers have insisted that if such a fee is introduced on new builds in Winnipeg, it would drive builders outside of the perimeter.
But the Reeve of the RM of MacDonald Brad Erb says while this may seem like a good thing for his community, they’re really not that interested.
“Our growth has been manageable and the pace is good” Erb says. “We’re really not looking for stronger growth.”
Erb adds they still need to maintain a balance between their farming industry and residential community.
He also doesn’t believe people are moving into the RM for financial reasons alone.
“I think a lot of people moving into our communities are doing it for lifestyle choices more than anything, not necessarily taxes,” Erb said.
Erb adds even if Winnipeg introduces a growth fee, he doesn’t anticipate a ‘mad rush’ of people moving into the towns in the RM.