NEW 2014 EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CHARGES BY-LAW STUDY
The Board, at its meeting on March 25, 2014, adopted motions which serve to implement a new EDC By-law (No. 02-2014) for the OCDSB on April 1, 2014. The education development charges imposed by the By-law are as follows: $723 per dwelling unit, and $0.52 per square foot of gross floor area of non-residential development.
Any person or organization may appeal the By-law to the Ontario Municipal Board under Section 257.65 of the Act by filing with the Secretary of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board on or before the 5th day of May, 2014, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the By-law and the reasons supporting the objection.
The Education Act provides a school board with the ability to implement an Education Development Charges By-law if there is residential development in the area of jurisdiction of the board that would increase education land costs. As per the legislation, education development charges (EDCs) may be levied against land undergoing residential and/or non-residential development.
The primary purpose in implementing an EDC By-law is to provide a board with a source of funding for growth-related education land costs, i.e. costs to acquire school sites to accommodate students generated from new development. The province’s ‘Student Focused Funding Model’ does not include a separate per pupil grant to fund the purchase of new school sites.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has an existing EDC By-law in place. This by-law came into force on June 1, 2009. In accordance with provincial regulations, the current by-law is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2014. In order to continue to fund the purchase of land required for growth-related new school sites through the collection of EDCs, the Board must implement a new by-law on or before this expiry date.
Accordingly, the Board entered into a study and consultative process which examined the possibility of passing a new EDC By-law in 2014.
As part of this process, two special public meetings were held on February 18, 2014 prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of Committee of the Whole. These meetings were convened in order to review the policies contained within the Board’s existing EDC By-law and those which will help form the proposed new by-law in 2014.
Special Public Meetings:
February 18, 2014 – 133 Greenbank Road, 6:00 pm
The first public meeting was convened to review the policies contained in the Board’s existing Education Development Charges By-law No. 03-2009.
February 18, 2014 – 133 Greenbank Road, 6:30 pm
The second public meeting was to receive input and hear delegations regarding a proposed new by-law and the EDC Background Study prepared in support of its consideration.
The EDC Background Study was completed on January 29, 2014 and was presented at the meeting. It is now available to members of the public via the following link: OCDSB EDC Background Study 2014. Hardcopies of the study are also available at the main reception (133 Greenbank Road) upon request. Subsequent to receiving input from trustees, stakeholders, and the public regarding the proposed new by-law, staff brought recommendation report No. 14-043 forward for consideration to the regularly scheduled March 18, 2014 meeting of Committee of the Whole.
If approved by committee, the new EDC By-law would be considered by Board at its meeting on March 25, 2014. The new by-law would be implemented effective April 1, 2014.
Committee of the Whole Meeting – March 18, 2014 – 133 Greenbank Road, 7:30 pm
Public Board Meeting – March 25, 2014 – 133 Greenbank Road, 7:30 pm
The above are the meetings at which the OCDSB considered the adoption of a new EDC By-law to be implemented on April 1, 2014.
A notice of the Public Meetings the Board held related to the consideration of a new Education Development Charges By-law was published in the Ottawa Citizen on January 28, 2014.
Please note that members of the public who would like to address the Board at a public meeting may do so as a delegation or through the public question period.
To appear as a delegation, you must submit a written statement on your issue by 4:00 pm on the Thursday prior to a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Your written statement will be included in the agenda package. At the beginning of each Board meeting, a maximum of 20 minutes will be allotted for delegations, with each delegation restricted to two minutes speaking time. As well, 15 minutes is allotted for questions from the public. You must register your name in advance at the meeting if you wish to ask a question.
If you have questions or would like to appear as a delegation, please contact Maureen Strittmatter, Senior Board Coordinator at 613-596-8211 extension 8641.
You may submit comments to the Board regarding the proposed new EDC By-law via:
Fax: (613) 820-6968
By Mail: EDC By-law 2014, c/o The Planning Department at 133 Greenbank Road, Nepean, Ontario K2H 6L3
Please be advised that by submitting written comments to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board you acknowledge and understand that any personal information appearing on your message such as, but not limited to: name, address, email address - as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act - may be disclosed publicly when your comments are circulated in connection with this issue