By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
Fees formerly collected by a regional services commission for subdivision files will now be collected by the Town of Coaldale.
During a regular meeting last month, Coaldale town council discussed a proposed update to the rates, fees and charges bylaw, which includes subdivision application and processing fees that have been previously collected by the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC).
As of January 2021, the town will no longer be a part of the Chinook Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, organized by ORRSC, or utilize planning and development services from the regional commission, and will only be using GIS services with them.
The requested updates to the Fees and Rates Bylaw 797-C-12-20 would allow the town to collect the subdivision application fees — which were formerly collected by ORRSC.
“It’s gone in a similar way as the SDBA Bylaw (Bylaw 795-P-12-20), because of the fact we’ve elected to discontinue planning and development services with the regional services commission,” said Spencer Croil, director of planning and community development for the town. “The town is now in a position where we need start collecting fees for these subdivision applications we are going to be responsible to process.”
For 2021, the rates associated with each fee is recommend to be an application fee of $710, a per lot fee of $330 and a per lot endorsement fee of $205.
“I would recommend these fees remain the same as presented in the proposed update to the Rates and Fees Bylaw. The reason I would recommend they remain the same is these are the fees the regional service commission has had in place consistently across the region for a number of years now, so it is not out of line with any other municipality in the region, in terms of what a subdivider might expect to have to pay on an application basis.”
Council unanimously passed all three readings for Bylaw 797-C-12-20.