If one digs deep enough long term municipal ambitions can be discovered. As keen policy wonks know politicians are really only the face of the administration. They come and go but programmes never change and are always on track. Those programmes will veer left or right, depending on who has been elected but the the thrust never changes. And, the public can discover what is coming down the pipe if you know where to look. Capital budget forecasts are a good source but we see the best source this week. The Development Charges Bylaw.
A Development Charge is the amount of money that the Town extracts from Developers when they choose to build a unit, of any type, in the Municipality. In January 2017 the Town adopted a new rate of $11,308 for a single detached dwelling. With the adoption of the consultant’s report read here, that fee will jump to $16,603. In these times of rising house prices this jump will be hardly noticed but expect every bit of this fee to be passed on to the buyer. We at the BR expect no whines from local developers for a couple of reasons – a series of consultations took place in the past few months and because it will be passed on no big deal – blame the Town for that increase in the price of your new home. The Town will say to all and sundry “No big deal, we are still only 60% cheaper than Clarington.”
The item that jumped out to us was the inclusion of having DCs pay for a Marina expansion – 150 new docks and a $3 million admin building. This is where it gets interesting because Tourism Facility costs are not eligible to be funded by DC – see the discussion from the report below.
Now for a change in the topic: as readers should know there was an election in the UK this week. The Conservative PM, Teresa May took advantage of favourable polls and an opposition party in chaos to call an early election. With polls showing her as being able to win 200 more seats she pulled the plug. Her election campaign has been described as the worst in memory. Using standard Tory tactics, she refused to debate opponents she relied on her personality (big mistake she hasn’t got one), had to change her policy midstream and generally became unelectable in a big way. In contrast Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition published a genuine left wing back to the roots manifesto. It took off and was enthusiastically received as an alternative. Corbyn, despite earlier claims that he was not a good campaigner proved his critics wrong and pulled crowds that resembled Bernie Sanders rallies. The end result was a shocker and one that put PMTM in a minority government situation. For a synopsis and commentary on this election I turn to a favourite of the BR. The first clip shows a very ‘clean’ Tom Walker, a comedian, aka Jonathan Pie, with a wrapup of the UK election from his perspective:
Another JP video, his jubilation – is profanity laced but if the profanity wasn’t used the impact of the message would be lost.