Comment 70941

By devo (anonymous) | Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:07:44 in reply to Comment 70935

it is a bit unclear. It may relate to the density of the building form. Square footage is total floors of the building, so whether that building is compact and vertical, or sprawling, the charge is the same. You may also be right that the outside land and parking lot aren't included in the area.

The more frustrating thing is the city's ability to discount these charges. There are laws against bonusing in the municipal act, designed to prevent competing cities from using incentives to poach each other's industries, at no good to the larger province. That's exactly what's happening here. But because development charges are under their own statutory scheme that allows rebates, the bonusing happens.

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