Revelstoke council delays making decision on development cost charge updates

Council wants to see third option for water and transportation municipal assist factor, passes resolution to phase in development cost charges for sewer.

Revelstoke City Hall. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Revelstoke city council deferred making a decision on setting municipal assist factor rates for development cost charges, instead asking for a third option to consider. The third option would look at costs associated with setting the municipal assist factor at either 1%, 5% or 10% for transportation and water infrastructure projects.

Council discussed proposed increases to the DCC rates for the first time at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, July 10. The presentation and discussion lasted about two hours. During the meeting two options for setting the municipal assist factor were presented: one with municipal assist factor of 1% for water, sanitary and transportation and a second at 1 % for water and transportation with an increase to 50% for sanitary sewer.

A decision to ask for a third option was asked for after a lengthy discussion that included concerns over the process so far and lack of a clearly defined public engagement process. You can watch the presentation and discussion in the video below. (Please note the audio quality in the video provided can sometimes be poor).

A decision on rates for sanitary sewer was set with council passing a resolution to share the costs with a rate of 50% municipal assist factor and 50% development cost charges. Council passed a motion to see the DCC share phased in over a period of five years with an increase of 10% per year, but that still needs to get the approval of the province.

Tuesday’s agenda included a motion to direct staff to prepare a Development Cost Charges Bylaw. However this motion was tabled as council has asked for a third option to be presented at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Next steps in the process include a decision on municipal assist factor rates for transportation and water prior to directing consultant firm McElhanney to prepare a draft bylaw for council consideration. While there are still a number of steps before the updated DCC bylaw is approved, council did pass a motion for the new bylaw to come into effect starting June 1, 2019. The process will also include additional engagement with stakeholders and the public.

The committee of the whole meeting takes place in council chambers on Thursday, July 12 at 2 p.m. Committee of the whole meetings are open to the public.