WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and the Urban Development Institute are filing a legal challenge against the City of Winnipeg regarding growth fees.
They’re making good on a promise they made after the fees were approved by city council in October 2016.
Mike Moore of the Home Builders’ Association tells 680 CJOB they haven’t halted projects in Winnipeg and for the most part, it’s still business as usual.
“We’re still in the business of growing and developing this great city of Winnipeg into the best city we can make it,” says Moore. “We’re still planning, we’re still submitting permits and doing inspections and everything else with the City.”
Moore says the legal validity of growth fees is in question and it’s really an indirect tax on homebuyers.
However, Mayor Brian Bowman says these fees are within the city’s authority and that was the assumption when they voted on them back in October.
“Council’s direction is clear,” says Bowman. “Obviously the City needs to review the documents. Certainly it’s no surprise given that we were expecting this.”
They still hope to implement the fees in May.
Bowman would like the issue resolved as soon as possible although it could take months before there’s a definitive outcome.
The legal review will be heard by the Court of Queen’s Bench before a judge.