Development Charge Exemption for Second Units in New Homes
Under the Development Charges Act, 1997
O. Reg. 82/98 General (Development Charges Act, 1997)
Bill or Act:
Development Charges Act, 1997
Summary of Proposal:
-The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) and the Ministry of Housing (MHO) are proposing to amend O. Reg. 82/98 (General) under the Development Charges Act, 1997.
-The Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016, amends four acts, including the Development Charges Act, 1997.
-When proclaimed, changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 would, subject to a regulation of the sort contemplated by this proposal, exempt secondary suites in new homes from development charges.
-Secondary suites - for example basement apartments - are a potential source of affordable rental housing and allow homeowners to earn extra income from their property.
-The changes are intended to help increase the supply and range of affordable housing options in Ontario communities.
The proposed regulatory amendments would:
-Prescribe single detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, and row houses on their own lots as classes of new residential buildings in which the creation of secondary suites would be exempt from development charges.
-Prescribe residential dwellings ancillary to single detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, and row houses as a class of new residential buildings in which the creation of secondary suites would be exempt from development charges.
-Restrict the gross floor area of secondary suites to being less than or equal to the gross floor area of the proposed primary dwelling, for the purpose of a development charge exemption.
April 25, 2017
Comments Due Date:
July 10, 2017
John Ballantine, Manager
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Municipal Finance Policy Branch
13th Flr, 777 Bay St
Toronto ON M5G2E5