Reminder: New Development Charge Rates in Effect as of July 1, 2019

Jun 26, 2019

The City of Greater Sudbury’s Development Charge (DC) rates will change on July 1, 2019. By-law 2019-100 was approved by Council at its June 25, 2019 meeting following the completion of the Development Charges Background Study. 

The background study is completed every five years and calculates the DC rates based on estimated future development, and the growth portion of capital projects and infrastructure needed to service them. 

Council approved lower non-residential (industrial, commercial and institutional) rates than those proposed by the background study to encourage development in our community.

Changes to the by-law include:

  • Reduction of DC rates by 50 per cent for non-residential (industrial, commercial and institutional)
  • A new DC rate for smaller residential units of single family and semi detached dwelling units that are less than 1,000 square feet in size.
  • A new 50 per cent rate reduction in DCs for multi-unit residential buildings (three units or more as defined in the Zoning By-Law) that are along the nodes and corridors with 100 m set back from the corridors.
  • New DC exemptions for hospices and non-profit long term care homes that are exempt from property taxation.

The DC rates below are for lots serviced with water and wastewater:

  • Single Family Dwellings:  $17,721 per unit (0.2 per cent decrease) 
  • Semi Detached Dwellings:  $14,238 per unit (0.9 per cent increase) 
  • Single Family and Semi Detached Dwelling Units less than 1,000 square feet:  $10,227 per unit (new category)
  • Multiples and Apartments: $10,227 per unit (2.1 per cent decrease)
  • Industrial:  $2.96 per square foot (39.8 per cent decrease)
  • Non-Industrial (Commercial/Institutional): $4.45 per square foot (52.7 per cent decrease)

Rates for lots without water and/or wastewater services are lower than listed above. 

The City of Greater Sudbury collects a DC at the building permit stage, in accordance with the Development Charges Act. DCs are applied to all new and expansions of residential and non-residential development, subject to certain terms, conditions and exemptions, as identified in the by-law. 

Projects expected to be partially funded by DCs include the Maley Drive Extension, Municipal Road 35, Second Avenue in Sudbury, Countryside Storm Water Pond and Channel, various water and wastewater plant upgrades, a second ice pad at Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex and the expansion of the South Branch Library.  

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