WINNIPEG – The long-debated growth fees plan has passed but the development community says the fight isn’t over yet.
In a 10-6 vote Wednesday city councillors decided the new plan would go ahead, despite mounting opposition.
Councillors Jeff Browaty, Scott Gillingham, Janice Lukes, Jason Schreyer, Devi Sharma and Shawn Dobson voted against the plan.
Immediately after the vote, members of the Urban Development Institute and the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association said they’re directing their legal counsel to see whether the city has the legal authority to implement the fees.
After several proposals, council agreed Wednesday the new growth fees plan would only involve suburban neighborhoods on the outer edges of the city.
Starting May 1st, approximately $9000 will be added to the cost any new home in those areas.
Mayor Brian Bowman and Councillor John Orlikow, chair of the Planning, Property and Development Committee, have maintained that “growth does not pay for growth” and believe there should be a fee applied to new developments to help pay for new infrastructure.
Dozens of developers spoke out ahead of the decision.
Qualico VP Eric Vogan tells 680 CJOB he expects communities surrounding Winnipeg to experience significant growth in light of this vote.
“I think that there’s a growing awareness of the opportunities outside city limits,” say Vogan. “It is indeed a combination of lower taxes and a different style of neighbourhood.”
Vogan, along with other developers say the growth fee is just another tax.