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Catholic board amends Education Development Charges bylaw

By Catherine O’Hara • REVIEW STAFF

The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, at a meeting on June 19, voted in favour of amending its Education Development Charges bylaw, increasing the per residential and non-residential unit charge by 17 and 18 per cent, respectively.

In May, the board directed staff to make the necessary calculations to education development charges, fees that enable the board to acquire land for the purposes of building or expanding schools to accommodate forecast growth.

The firm Watson & Associates was retained to complete the calculation, which includes a number of variables such as development forecast, location of development and expected growth, and land acquisition costs.

“You can imagine the more variables you have in there, as soon as you make one little adjustment to one of the variables, the charge is out of whack,” explained Daniel Del Bianco, of Watson & Associates, at last week’s meeting.

This was the case with the charges set by the Catholic board in August 2009.

Trustees approved to increase the charge from $610 to $739 for residential units and $0.18 per square foot to $0.22 per square foot for commercial and industrial units.

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