Development Charges Background Study is now available

In advance of the public meeting scheduled for July 11, 2022, the 2022 Development Charges Background Study is now available and has been posted to the Municipality’s website at The draft Development Charges By-Law has also been made available and is included as Appendix G of the Development Charges Background Study.

Given the recent increase in growth and development in the Municipality, Council directed that a development charges background study be prepared to forecast the Municipality’s future residential and non-residential growth to determine infrastructure needs and costs.  This information is used to calculate the amount of money that new development would need to pay in order to cover new infrastructure and services.

A growing municipality requires investment in growth related infrastructure to service new development. Development charges are fees that are paid by new development upon the issuance of a building permit to fund the capital cost of services constructed throughout the Municipality. Development charges can play a very important part in how growth infrastructure is financed in Chatham-Kent. Each new residential dwelling and other types of development require infrastructure and services in order to function efficiently and effectively. 

For several years now, the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has had development charges in place to help fund water and wastewater related infrastructure.  However, the Municipality has never collected development charges on a number of other eligible services, such as road related infrastructure, fire protection, policing, ambulance, libraries, parks and recreation and waste diversion.




For more information contact:

Bruce McAllister
General Manager, Community Development
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3800

Gord Quinton
Chief Financial Officer / Treasurer
GM, Finance, Budget, Information Technology & Transformation
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3114



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