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Brockton Decides Not To Do $30k Study

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Council rejected the idea of spending thousands on a development charge study.

Brockton has rejected a staff proposal to conduct a Development Charges Background Study.

The study would have cost $30,000.

Historically Brockton has not had development charges, and Mayor Chris Peabody wants to keep it that way.

He believes the best way to entice developers and growth is by keeping the prices low.

Peabody adds Council could not justify spending the 30 thousand dollars on the study considering  only 14 new homes were constructed last year.

He says there is just not enough momentum at this time to consider development charges.

Peabody says development charges are something Brockton can look at down the road, but for now he would prefer to focus on keeping the lot prices low to stimulate growth and possibly even a housing boom.

The Province was recently seeking comment on development charges as part of the consultations on Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario.

The last time Brockton considered undertaking a development charge study was in 2011, but after closer examination it determined that there was not sufficient growth related projects to warrant the study.

Many other area municipalities have had development charges in place for years including Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss, Saugeen Shores, West Grey, Grey Highlands and the County of Grey.

Peabody says Brockton is a community that is eager to grow, as such introducing development charges is not the message Brockton wants to send to potential developers.

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