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Candidates Response to Question 6 of the 2014 Provincial Election

On June 12, 2014 Halton voters will cast their ballot for local Provincial candidates. On behalf of Halton residents, Regional Chair Gary Carr has sent a letter and questionnaire to Halton’s candidates asking for their positions on a number of issues of critical importance to Halton Region.

Question 6

6. Changes to the Development Charges (DC) Act is necessary to recover growth costs, including: include all services funded by a municipality in the Act, remove the 10 per cent discount for all services, replace the 10 year advantage historic service limits with a service level that is forward looking, remove mandatory exemptions. Will your party amend the DC Act to ensure that taxpayers are not burdened with the costs of growth?

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Burlington

    Meredith Cross - Green



    Charles J. Zach - Libertarian
Halton

    Susan Farrant - Green
    Kal Ghory - Libertarian




Oakville
    Andrew Chlobowski - Green




    Silvio Ursomarzo - Freedom
Wellington - Halton Hills


    Jason Cousineau - Libertarian

    Mitch Sproule - Freedom


Andrew Brannan, Burlington - Freedom a.p.brannan@gmail.com

I have not investigated this issue and Freedom Party does not currently have a position on this. The language of the question is unclear to me, but if I understand correctly, amendments to the DC act that required developers pay directly for their development, rather than burden taxpayers, then it makes sense to avoid socializing the cost of upfront capital cost involved in that development.

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Jane McKenna, Burlington - Conservative website (external link)   jane.mckenna@pc.ola.org

Elimination of the 10% discount has been proposed by a number of councils like Halton Region. Municipalities want improved ability to recover all capital costs for services, and pay for vital infrastructure by doing so. Developers and contractors want increased accountability and transparency as well. Including all municipally funded services in development charges is an ambitious target, but reforms such as these have been proposed for the last few years and more have been expressed as part of the recent review of the Development Charges Act. It is important that legislators revisit the Act to ensure that the system serves the diverse needs of our communities and supports sustainable growth.

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Eleanor McMahon, Burlington - Liberal  website (external link) emcmahon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

I am always willing to look at any proposals brought forward by Halton Region for the purpose of supporting growth in our region.

Ontario Liberals recognize the importance of ensuring that municipalities have the tools they need to fund local infrastructure improvements that are needed to support growth. While the Development Charges Act helps local governments pay for capital costs required to serve new growth for services like roads, water, wastewater, transit and libraries, it does not allow municipal governments to levy development charges to pay for capital costs of hospitals.

In terms of health care infrastructure, our government has invested more than $21 billion since 2003. We’re building cutting-edge health infrastructure, with over 100 major health capital projects complete or underway, including 23 new hospitals, as well as $60 million more over the next three years in community health infrastructure, including Community Health Centres. We’re also investing $60 million in Joseph Brant Hospital so Burlington residents have the access to health care that they deserve.

Our government has a strong record of supporting and working with municipalities. In 2014, the Province will provide municipalities with ongoing support of approximately $3.5 billion — an increase of more than 200% over 2003. This will give municipalities room in their budgets to invest in local priorities and control property taxes.

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NDP

Jan Mowbray, Burlington - NDP website (external link) jan@janmowbray.ca,

The Ontario NDP will review the Development Charges Act to ensure that growth pays for growth. We will start by removing the discount that developers get to recover their costs related to recreation services, library services, old age homes, space for child care, health department services, and ambulance stations.

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David Clement, Oakville - Libertarian  website (external link)  david@davidclement.ca

Development Charges represent yet another area where the provincial government is overstepping its boundaries and telling municipalities how they should act in the provision of their essential services. The Ontario Libertarian Party would advocate for amending the Act so that municipalities have as much autonomy as possible regarding the charges needed for growth related capital costs. By giving autonomy back to local (municipal) governments, municipalities can better adjust for growth, in the manner that they see fit, which is far superior than having arbitrary plans directed at municipalities from Queen’s Park.

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Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn, Oakville - Liberal  website External Link  kflynn@ontarioliberal.com 

I am always willing to look at any proposals brought forward by Halton Region for the purpose of supporting growth in our region.

Ontario Liberals recognize the importance of ensuring that municipalities have the tools they need to fund local infrastructure improvements that are needed to support growth. While the Development Charges Act helps local governments pay for capital costs required to serve new growth for services like roads, water, wastewater, transit and libraries, it does not allow municipal governments to levy development charges to pay for capital costs of hospitals.

The Government of Ontario is taking a look at the way cities and towns plan for development and how to help pay for it. We want to ensure that the land use planning and appeal systems, and the development charges system are predictable, transparent and cost effective. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is consulting from October 2013 to January 2014 across the province with the public, municipalities and stakeholders on what changes to the systems are needed.

In terms of health care infrastructure, our government has invested more than $21 billion since 2003. We’re building cutting-edge health infrastructure, with over 100 major health capital projects complete or underway, including 23 new hospitals, as well as $60 million more over the next three years in community health infrastructure, including Community Health Centres. We’re also providing $2 billion to build a new state-of-the art Oakville hospital.

Our government has a strong record of supporting and working with municipalities. In 2014, the Province will provide municipalities with ongoing support of approximately $3.5 billion — an increase of more than 200 per cent over 2003. This will give municipalities room in their budgets to invest in local priorities and control property taxes.

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Che Marville

Che Marville, Oakville - NDP che@oakvillendp.ca

Not without careful study of the impact of the proposed changes


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Larry Scott

Larry Scott, Oakville - Conservative larryscottpc@gmail.com

There is no significant amount of money available from the provincial government to try and buy solutions to our problems here in Halton. In spite of that, you have my personal commitment to work with you, to examine solutions that you may have or will come up with, to better serve all the people in Halton

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Ted Chudleigh

Ted Chudleigh, Halton - Conservative ted@tedchudleigh.com

Determining the cost of growth is a moving target. We will work with municipalities to determine a fair definition of what costs should be included. Not all municipalities are the same so some range of options should be allowed so municipalities can make local determinations of their development charge needs.

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Gerry Marsh - Family Coalition Party

Gerry Marsh, Halton - Family Coalition website (external link)   gerry.halton@fcpontario.ca

I prefer a development charge model that more closely reflects the true cost of upgrades needed to support growth and would push for and support such a model.


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Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Halton - Liberal  website (external link)  inaidoo-harrisliberal.ola.org

I am always willing to look at any proposals brought forward by Halton Region for the purpose of supporting growth in our region.

Ontario Liberals recognize the importance of ensuring that municipalities have the tools they need to fund local infrastructure improvements that are needed to support growth. While the Development Charges Act helps local governments pay for capital costs required to serve new growth for services like roads, water, wastewater, transit and libraries, it does not allow municipal governments to levy development charges to pay for capital costs of hospitals.

In terms of health care infrastructure, our government has invested more than $21 billion since 2003. We’re building cutting-edge health infrastructure, with over 100 major health capital projects complete or underway, including 23 new hospitals and $60 million more over the next three years in community health infrastructure, including Community Health Centres. We’re also providing $2 billion to build a new state-of-the art hospital in north Oakville.

Our government has a strong record of supporting and working with municipalities. In 2014, the Province will provide municipalities with ongoing support of approximately $3.5 billion — an increase of more than 200 per cent over 2003. This will give municipalities room in their budgets to invest in local priorities and control property taxes.

Our government was prepared to introduce legislation to improve the Development Charges Act, as well as the Land Planning Act, which were the result of broad consultations with a wide variety of stakeholders. We will introduce these bills and help move these important initiatives forward if we are re-elected

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NDP

Nik Spohr, Halton - NDP nik@nikspohr.ca,

The Ontario NDP will review the Development Charges Act to ensure that growth pays for growth. We will start by removing the discount that developers get to recover their costs related to recreation services, library services, old age homes, space for child care, health department services, and ambulance stations.

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Ted Arnott

Ted Arnott, Wellington Halton Hills - Conservative  website (external link)  ted.arnott@pc.ola.org

The Ontario PC Party platform does not make reference to the Development Charges Act. However, I agree with the general principle that growth should pay for itself. If the Region of Halton wishes to suggest specific amendments to the Act, I would want to bring those ideas forward and seek to ensure these suggestions are given careful study and consideration.

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NDP

Michael Carlucci, Wellington-Halton Hills    michaelcarlucci@ontariondp.ca

The Ontario NDP will review the Development Charges Act to ensure that growth pays for growth. We will start by removing the discount that developers get to recover their costs related to recreation services, library services, old age homes, space for child care, health department services, and ambulance stations.

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Dan Zister

Dave Rodgers, Wellington Halton Hills - Green  daverodgers@gpo.ca,

We would have an honest conversation with local level government to ensure that Halton Region gets the funding it needs to ensure proper infrastructure needs are met in line with growth.



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Dan Zister

Dan Zister, Wellington - Halton Hills - Liberal  website (external link)  dan@danzister.ca

I am willing to look at any proposals brought forward by Halton Region for the purpose of supporting growth in our region.

Ontario Liberals understand the importance of ensuring that municipalities have the tools they need to fund local infrastructure improvements which are significantly needed to support growth. While the Development Charges Act helps local governments pay for capital costs required to serve new growth for services like roads, water, wastewater, transit and libraries, it does not allow municipal governments to levy development charges to pay for capital costs of hospitals.

In regard to health care infrastructure, our government has invested more than $21 billion since 2003. We continue to build cutting-edge health infrastructure, with over 100 major health capital projects complete or underway, including 23 new hospitals, as well as $60 million more over the next three years in community health infrastructure, including Community Health Centres.

Our government also has a strong record of supporting and working with municipalities. In 2014, the Province will provide municipalities with ongoing support of approximately $3.5 billion — an increase of more than 200% over 2003. This will give municipalities room in their budgets to invest in local priorities and control property taxes.

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