City Council Special Meeting

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The purpose of this meeting is to provide a report to Council on the status and timing of proposed Development Charges policy changes.

The City of Oshawa is situated on lands within the traditional and treaty territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Anishinaabeg and the signatories of the Williams Treaties, which include the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, Curve Lake, Hiawatha and Alderville First Nations, and the Chippewas of Georgina Island, Rama and Beausoleil First Nations.

We are grateful for the Anishinaabeg who have cared for the land and waters within this territory since time immemorial.

We recognize that Oshawa is steeped in rich Indigenous history and is now present day home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. We express gratitude for this diverse group of Indigenous Peoples who continue to care for the land and shape and strengthen our community.

As a municipality, we are committed to understanding the truth of our shared history, acknowledging our role in addressing the negative impacts that colonization continues to have on Indigenous Peoples, developing reciprocal relationships, and taking meaningful action toward reconciliation.

We are all Treaty people.

(As may be presented by Council Members.)

Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to provide a presentation concerning the purpose of the Development Charges Study, provide an overview of the methodology required to undertake a Development Charges and discuss policies due to recent legislative changes and gain Council direction on proposed policy changes.

  • Recommendation
    1. That, pursuant to Report CNCL-24-34, dated April 4, 2024 concerning the draft proposed 2024 Development Charges By-law, Council select an option for each category as outlined in Sections 5.6.1, 5.6.2, 5.6.3, and 5.6.4 of this Report; and,
    2. That the current non-statutory exemption for 1569 Simcoe Street North shown as Schedule “G” of Attachment 1, Development Charges By-law 60-2019 be removed as this project is complete; and,
    3. That the current exemption for lands designated under federal law as land reserved for the exclusive use of aboriginal peoples be removed, given that the City’s Planning documents, including the Oshawa Official Plan, do not identify any such lands that would qualify for this exemption; and,
    4. That a clause be added to exempt “change of use” permits considering industrial and commercial uses from D.C.’s when a building has been in existence for more than 20 years. This clause would need to be adjusted depending on the option chosen for the non-statutory industrial exemption. i.e. if a 5-year phase-in of the industrial rate is chosen, a 5-year ramp down for change of use would be implemented; and,
    5. That the consideration of capital costs for Provincial Offences Act (P.O.A.) be implemented including By-law Enforcement Facilities, Vehicles and Equipment given that service definition amendments to the Development Charges Act allow for P.O.A. Services to be considered as an eligible development charge service; and,
    6. That the D.C. demolition/conversion credit be revised from 10 years to 5 years; and,
    7. That the definition of Agricultural be expanded to not exempt cannabis production; and
    8. That the definition of Nursing Home defined in subsection 1(1) of the Nursing Homes Act, R.S.O. 1990, c N.7 which has been repealed be replaced with Long-term Care Home within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021; and,
    9. That the definition of Stacked Townhouse be updated to add two (2) “or more” Townhouses high; and,
    10. That the City’s Draft Local Service Policy, included as Attachment 3 to Report CNCL-24-34, be approved.

A by-law to confirm the City Council meeting of April 12, 2024.

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