WINNIPEG – There could be changes coming to proposed growth fees in Winnipeg.
New recommendations suggest phasing in growth fees over three years and having the by-law come into effect on November 1st.
However, money would not be collected until May and it will only apply to residential developments in new neighbourhoods at only half the original rate: $55-per square metre, instead of $110.
Mayor Brian Bowman says despite the adjustments, he still expects some blowback from the industry.
“Not everybody in the industry is going to agree. Some simply don’t believe there should be any impact fees. Some feel that the status quo is fine. I don’t agree with that, respectfully.”
All other developments will be exempt for two years while residential infill in older neighbourhoods, including downtown won’t have to pay for three years.
“These exemptions would allow for more time to determine if and how impact fees in these areas could be implemented.”
But Mike Moore with the Homebuilders Association is not happy with this new approach.
“It’s completely unacceptable. It’s a reckless procedure on behalf of the city. We will challenge the legal authority of the city to implement this tax.”
The amendment also recommends establishing a committee of city councillors, administrators and developers to oversee the implementation of growth fees during the next few years.