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Intensification Levy Project

Project timeline: Fall 2017 – Summer 2018

The City is currently preparing to implement a new fee that will be charged when development occurs within established areas of the city - commonly referred to as infill.

Intensification is a type of infill development that involves the construction of new buildings or additions to existing buildings on serviced land within a city’s existing boundaries. The new fee, referred to as an Intensification Levy, will cover a portion of capital infrastructure projects required to support growth.

Examples of development that would result in intensification include:

  • Replacing a single-family home with a fourplex
  • Subdividing one lot into two and building a new home on each
  • Converting a commercial building to a residential building
  • Building an addition onto an existing comercial or industrial building

Involving Stakeholders

Between January and April 2018, the City will be working with residential and employment-based builders and developers to determine how this new fee should apply and be charged. Their participation will include discussing how infill development can be supported throughout this process, the proposed timing for implementation, and how the levy will apply to different types of development.

There are four small-group discussions anticipated:

Session 1Session 2Session 3Session 4
January 2018 Fenruary 2018 March 2018 April 2018
Collect high-level input and generate ideas for how the City should approach the implementation of the policy Collect feedback on the draft policy, understand areas that are of concern to stakeholders and discuss variables Collect feedback on the last round of revisions, facilitate a discussion around any remaining areas of concern Presentation of final policy recommendation

This feedback will inform the recommendation that will go forward to City Council by June 2018.

If you have questions or are interested in sharing your thoughts, contact the Planning Department at PlanningDept@regina.ca.

Background

Since 1989, SAFs have been solely charged to greenfield development due to the establishment of an Exempt Area that exempted almost all development within established areas from being charged.

The Exempt Area was removed as part of the SAF Policy update by City Council in 2015 and costs for growth-related capital projects were allocated to intensification in recognition of:

  1. The impact that growth has on the capacity of the City’s water, wastewater, drainage, transportation and parks and recreation infrastructure systems, regardless of where the growth occurs; and
  2. The need for all growth, including that which occurs within established areas, to contribute to covering costs for capacity improvement projects.

This direction is consistent with policy in Design Regina, the Official Community Plan Bylaw that states:

- Growth should pay for growth; and
- Those who receive benefit should pay for that benefit.

It also is consistent with the Community Priority to “Achieve Long-Term Financial Viability”.