From the GVCA
Waterloo Region Development Charges: 64.7%...for now.
Cambridge - You may recall that we made a deputation to Waterloo Regional Council on their proposed hike of more than 127% for development charges. Our voice was heard because the Region then voted to increase development charges by only 64.7%. (Not a happy figure, but better than the proposed hike.) They also deferred the implementation of the charges to January 2010 instead of July 1, 2009.
Now for the bad news, the Region has the option of revisiting this amount in January, and could easily choose to vote to increase it. The GVCA, in our advocacy role, will certainly be watching and questioning them if they choose to do this.
The GVCA also made a presentation to the City of Kitchener on their proposed development charges that calls for a 193% increase in suburban areas and 35% in central neighbourhoods. Yes, you read that correctly - a 193% increase. The Chamber of Commerce of Kitchener-Waterloo has made a similar presentation urging the city to phase in any new charges over a period of time. GVCA pointed out the obvious in that there is a lot of existing commercial and industrial space currently available and the fact that other cities have fewer fees for developers.
Last year, however, Guelph was able to put through a fee hike, as did Waterloo. Now Kitchener has followed suit; the City has announced that effective January 2010, the rates will be increased in the amounts they proposed.The non-residential calculated charge $m2 will be $21.43 for central neighbourhoods and $49.66 for suburban areas.
Of course, most of us in the construction industry are not happy, but these hikes could be as a result of extraordinarily low fees in the past for development in Kitchener. Unfortunately, this "catch up" is hitting us hard in an already weak economy. I welcome any input and feedback on this. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where's the Government Cash Going?
You may be wondering about all the cash that the Feds and the Provincial governments are earmarking for construction projects.
Now you can find out. The Federal Government is inviting you to attend briefings on the Accelerated Infrastructure Program (AIP) for projects in Ontario.
These briefings will highlight the opportunities within this two- year program, which covers a wide range of capital and infrastructure projects that require contracts across a full range of goods and services. Representatives from Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) will provide an overview of the department's role in the implementation of the AIP in Ontario.
PWGSC will also present information on how the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) can assist and inform suppliers about the Government of Canada procurement process and how suppliers can search for business opportunities.
Check out the GVCA Crystal Ball report for listings of projects.
Date: Several Sessions - July 10 is fully booked, we will inform you of the next upcoming date as soon as possible.
Time: 9 am-12:00 noon
Please RSVP to the Administrator, Office of the Small and Medium Enterprises, PWGSC @ 1-800-668-5378 or